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Administrative Separations.

  1. militarydefenselawyers327All Soldiers who are identified as illegally abusing drugs will be processed for administrative separation. AR 600-85, para. 10-6. Mandatory processing does not mean mandatory separation. Commander may recommend retention if warranted
  2. Rules at administrative separations are simpler than at a courts-martial. See U.S. Dep’t of Army, Reg. 15-6, Procedures for Investigating Officers and Boards of Officers (2 Oct. 2006) [hereinafter AR 15-6].
    1. Military Rules of Evidence do not apply. AR 15-6, para. 3-7a.
    2. Burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence. AR 15-6, para. 3-10b.
  3. Reservists. Reservists may be separated for drugs even though use did not occur
    while on federal duty. See U.S. Dep’t of Army, Reg. 135-178, Enlisted
    Administrative Separations (13 Mar. 2007) (Rapid Action Revision, 13 Sept.
    2011) and U.S. Dep’t of Army, Reg. 135-175, Separation of Officers (28 Feb.
    1987) (Rapid Action Revision, 4 Aug. 2011).