Understanding Discharges of Army Enlisted Personnel
There are two parts when referring to discharges of Enlisted Army Personnel:
- The Army Regulation and Chapter that contains the details of the discharge (aka. Separation Authority).
- Narrative Reason for Separation (aka. Chapter Title).
Army personnel refer to a discharge by it’s Chapter number rather than the title.
For example, a “Chapter 4” discharge applies to Enlisted Army personnel in grades E-1 through E-9 or in ranks Private to Sergeant Major of the Army.
The Separation Authority is Army Regulation 635-200 Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations, Chapter 4.
The Narrative Reason for Separation is: Separation for Expiration of Service Obligation.
So a “Chapter 4” means a solider was Separated for Expiration of Service Obligation.