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Chapter 6: Separation Because of Dependency or Hardship


This Chapter action is processed at the unit level (S-1). This chapter is requested by the soldier to be discharged for Dependency or Hardship. Pursuant to para 6-3, AR 635-200, a "Dependency exists when death or disability of a member of a soldier's (or spouse's) immediate family causes that member to rely upon the soldier for principal care or support". Paragraph 6-3, AR 635-200 states that a "Hardship exists when in circumstances not involving death or disability of a member of the soldier's (or spouse's) immediate family, separation from the Service will materially affect the care or support of the family by alleviating undue and genuine hardship".

A married soldier who becomes a parent by birth, adoption or marriage (stepparent), and whose child (or children) under 18 years of age resides within the household, may apply for separation under hardship. The soldier must submit evidence that the roles of parent and soldier are incompatible and that they cannot fulfill their military obligation without neglecting the child or children.



1-16 Counseling Required:

No (1-16a)

Medical Required:

No (1-32a)

Mental Required:

No (1-32b)

Approval Authority:

Bde Cdr (1-21c(1))

Type of discharge authorized:




Documents Required for Chapter:

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