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1. THIS MILPER MESSAGE RESCINDS MILPER MESSAGE 12-329 AND IS EFFECTIVE UPON RELEASE. LISTED
REFERENCES (ARMY DIRECTIVE, ALARACT AND MILPER MESSAGE) WILL BE UTILIZED AS PROGRAM
GUIDANCE/AUTHORITY.

2. THIS MESSAGE WILL EXPIRE 17 AUG 2016

3. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE IN SUPPORT OF TEMPORARY EARLY
RETIREMENT AUTHORITY (TERA). TERA OFFERS VOLUNTARY EARLY RETIREMENT, AT A REDUCED MONTHLY
RETIREMENT PAY, TO ELIGIBLE MEMBERS PRIOR TO COMPLETING 20 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE.

4. APPLICABILITY: SOLDIERS DENIED CONTINUED SERVICE WITH AN ESTABLISHED INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION
DATE OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 OR EARLIER, AS A RESULT OF A DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY CENTRALIZED
SELECTION BOARD PROCESS, INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD’S FORCE SHAPING
CENTRALIZED SEPARATION BOARD FOR TITLE 10 OFFICERS, WHO MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OUTLINED
BELOW MAY REQUEST TERA IN LIEU OF INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION. SINCE TERA IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT,
ELIGIBLE MEMBERS WHO DESIRE EARLY RETIREMENT MUST APPLY FOR CONSIDERATION, AND APPROVAL IS
NOT ASSURED.

A. NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS (NCOS) DENIED CONTINUED SERVICE AS A RESULT OF AN APPROVED
QUALITATIVE SERVICE PROGRAM (QSP) CENTRALIZED SELECTION BOARD WHO ARE SERVING ON ACTIVE
DUTY AND HAVE COMPLETED 15 BUT LESS THAN 20 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE AS OF THE ESTABLISHED
INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION DATE.

B. OFFICER/WARRANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE TWICE FAILED SELECTION FOR PROMOTION TO THE NEXT GRADE,
INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR, BUT NOT YET ACCEPTED, SELECTIVE CONTINUATION,
AND THOSE OFFICERS SELECTED FOR SEPARATION FROM SERVICE BY A CENTRALIZED FORCE SHAPING
SELECTION BOARD PROCESS, WHO ARE SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY AND HAVE 15 BUT LESS THAN 20 YEARS
OF ACTIVE SERVICE AS OF THEIR ESTABLISHED INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION DATE.

C. ALL SOLDIERS MUST MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RETIREMENT FOR LENGTH OF SERVICE
FOR A 20-YEAR RETIREMENT, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS MESSAGE. EXCEPTIONS TO OTHER
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. IN ALL CASES, EARLY RETIREMENT WILL NOT OCCUR
PRIOR TO ATTAINMENT OF 15 YEARS OF SERVICE ON THE ESTABLISHED SEPARATION DATE.

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MILPER Message 14-308 TERA Update for all of the details --- See also Army Directive 2013-15
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Army MILPER Messages
MILPER Message Number 14-308
Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) ...Issued: [17 Oct 14]...
Army temporary early retirement authority update