ALARACT 171/2008

SUBJ: ALARACT 171/2008 (CORRECTED COPY)
UNCLASSIFIED//
THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT BY THE PENTAGON TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER
ON BEHALF OF DA WASHINGTON DC//DAPE-MPE//
SUBJ: NOTIFICATION OF PENDING POSTPARTUM AND ADOPTION DEFERMENT
POLICY CHANGE
REF AR 614-30 (OVERSEAS SERVICE), 11 APRIL 2007.
1. THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY HAS APPROVED A CHANGE TO THE DEFERMENT
POLICY FOR SOLDIERS WHO ARE MOTHERS OF NEW BORNS OR ELIGIBLE PARENTS
OF AN ADOPTED CHILD. THE CURRENT FOUR MONTH OVERSEAS
ASSIGNMENT/DEPLOYMENT DEFERMENT PERIOD WILL BE LENGTHED TO SIX
MONTHS. THIS MESSAGE GIVES COMMANDERS AND SOLDIERS AN ADVANCE NOTICE
TO PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION.
2. THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS CHANGE SHALL BE 1 AUGUST 2008 TO
COINCIDE WITH THE ARMY?S RETURN TO A TWELVE MONTH BOOTS ON THE
GROUND (BOG) POLICY.
3. ON 1 AUGUST 2008, SOLDIERS WHO ARE SERVING A DEFERMENT PERIOD OF
FOUR MONTHS WILL HAVE THEIR DEFERMENT EXTENDED TO SIX MONTHS UNLESS
WAIVED BY THE INDIVIDUAL SOLDIER CONCERNED. SOLDIERS WITH DEFERMENTS
ENDING PRIOR TO 1 AUGUST 2008 WILL COMPLETE THEIR CURRENT FOUR MONTH
DEFERMENTS. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GRANT 6 MONTH DEFERMENTS
PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE NEW POLICY IF
OPERATIONALLY FEASIBLE.
4. THE CHANGES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AR 614-30, TABLE 3-1, RULES 32
AND 33, AND PARAGRAPH 3-8A(5). SPECIFICALLY, IN TABLE 3-1, RULE 32,
THIRD COLUMN, FOUR MONTHS WILL CHANGE TO SIX MONTHS. RULE 33, THIRD
COLUMN, FOUR MONTHS WILL CHANGE TO SIX MONTHS. RULE 33, FOURTH
COLUMN WILL CHANGE TO: SOLDIER WAIVES DEFERMENT OR COMMANDER, IF
AUTHORIZED, EXTENDS THE TIME PERIOD OF THE DEFERMENT. CHANGES WILL
ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS AS APPROPRIATE.
5. POC FOR REGULATORY CHANGES IS MR. WELLS, DAPE-MPE-DR, DSN:
225-7917, EMAIL DAPE-MPE@HQDA.ARMY.MIL.
6. EXPIRATION DATE OF THIS MESSAGE IS 1 AUGUST 2009.