Army Bar to Reenlist
A bar to reenlist is a procedure which is used to deny reenlistment to Soldiers whose immediate separation under
administrative procedures is not warranted, but whose reentry into or service beyond ETS with the Active Army is not
in the best interest of the military service. The following are guidelines for use of Bar to Reenlisting procedures:
FROM AR 601-280 Paragraph 8–3.
a. A Bar to Reenlistment will not be initiated when separation action is pending per AR 635-200.
b. A Bar to Reenlistment will not be initiated solely because a soldier refuses to reenlist.
c. Bar to Reenlistment procedures will not be used instead of trial by court-martial, nonjudicial punishment, or other
d. The fact that disciplinary or administrative action not resulting in separation has been previously taken does not
preclude initiation of Bar to Reenlistment if such action is deemed appropriate. When a soldier has had a completed
chapter action and subsequently is recommended for retention, any documents used in that chapter action may be
used in a subsequent bar action.
e. The fact that a soldier may be issued an honorable or general discharge for the current period of service does not
prevent initiation of a Bar to Reenlistment to deny the soldier later service in the Active Army.
f. The fact that a soldier may have served honorably for a number of years is considered in the evaluation of his or
her service; however, it does not prohibit the initiation of Bar to Reenlistment procedures if such action is deemed
g. A Bar to Reenlistment will not be initiated for soldiers with an approved retirement.
h. A Bar to Reenlistment will not be initiated on soldiers serving on indefinite reenlistments. Denial of continued
service on these soldiers will be accomplished IAW applicable provisions of AR 635-200 and other regulations as
i. An approved local bar to reenlistment will take precedence over the QMP. If the bar is removed, the soldier will be
processed under QMP as prescribed in AR 635-200.