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Retention Control Points (RCP)

Related Information: Involuntary Separation | Separation Pay

**ALERT** ALARACT 057-2016, Involuntary Separation Pay for RCP Clarification

Updated RCPs --> Effective 1 October 2016

Above chart is effective 1 October 2015
Further Guidance --> MILPER Message 14-070, Change to RCP for Enlisted Soldiers Serving in the Regular Army or under the AGR Title 10 Programs
Further Guidance --> ALARACT Message 026-2014, Change to RCP for Enlisted Soldiers in the Regular Army or under the AGR Title 10 Programs
Army Directive 2015-31 (Retention Control Points)
Retention Control Point. For the Regular Army and Army Reserve (Active Guard Reserve) only, effective 1 October 2015, Soldiers selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant first class and master sergeant by a Headquarters, Department of the Army centralized board will no longer attain an extended retention control point (as provided for in table 3-1 of AR 601-280) until actual promotion pin-on to the higher rank.

1. Active service is defined as service on active duty.
2. Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Band, U.S. Army Field Band, West Point Band and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps may serve up to RCP for their rank as stated in this policy. Soldiers in the bands who exceed the RCP for their current rank may serve until 31 January 2015.
3. Command sergeants major (CSMs) and sergeants major (SGMs) (at Headquarters, Department of the Army and Army Commands) serving in nominative positions where the CSM/SGM is rated by a general officer, member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent; or serving as CSM at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy or as Executive Officer to the Sergeant Major of the Army are authorized to serve up to 35 years total active service.
4. "Promotable" refers to Regular Army and USAR only. The ARNG Active Guard Reserve Title 10 Program has no "promotable" status. RCPs for those Soldiers are established at the "nonpromotable" grade.
5. The RCP for Soldiers classified in reporting code 09U is 9 months from the effective date of classification.

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