What are your Reenlistment Options?

Reenlistment Options are only available, if otherwise qualified, to those Soldiers at the rank of private first class or above, who are considered in the reenlistment opportunity window (ROW).

Reenlistment options are governed by Chapter 3-2, DA PAM 601-280 and the current Retention Policy Message.

Option 1, Regular Army Reenlistment Option

Option 1 carries no guarantee of assignment, training, or stabilization. Soldiers will be assigned and utilized according to the needs of the Army. Soldiers, except those reenlisting to meet service remaining requirements, may be assigned to their present duty assignment or to any vacancy for which qualified. (Reenlistment Obligation 2-6 year period)

Option 2, Current Station Stabilization Reenlistment Option

Option 2 guarantees a 1 to 18-month period of stabilization as prescribed by Table 3-2, Line 5 (Reenlistment Obligation 2-6 year period).

Option 3, Army Training Reenlistment Option

Option 3 guarantees, for qualified Soldiers, attendance at an available service school of choice for PMOS, skill qualification identifier, additional skill identifier or language training -OR- airborne training for Soldiers possessing a PMOS listed in applicable RETAIN message for award of skill qualification identifier “P.” (Reenlistment Obligation 3-6 year period).

Option 4, Overseas Assignment Reenlistment Option

Option 4 guarantees a 12- or 24-month assignment to one of the following overseas areas of choice:
(1) Korea.
(2) Pacific area, long tour.
(3) Pacific area, short tour.
(4) Alaska.
(5) Japan.
(6) Caribbean area.
(7) Europe.
(8) Germany.
(9) Italy.
(10) Hawaii.
(11) Africa.
(12) Southwest Asia.
(Reenlistment Obligation 3-6 year period).

Option 5, CONUS Station of Choice Reenlistment Option

Option 5 guarantees assignment for at least 24 months at the CONUS station-of-choice for Soldiers reenlisting for 3, 4, 5, or 6 year periods, if otherwise qualified and authorized. This option is available to both CONUS and OCONUS based Soldiers.

ROW Extension

Soldiers within their ROW may elect to extend past their contractual ETS for a minimum of 12 months not to exceed 23 months.

*Update: COVID-19 Extension

If you have an ETS date from now until 30 September 2020 you can do what is called a COVID-19 extension. This extension can be executed in 3 month increments but will not exceed 11 months total. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Army is offering Soldiers the opportunity to extend for 3 months to aide in ensuring that Soldier will have the proper amount of time to ETS from the Army. The Army understands that many opportunities and plans have made changed due to this pandemic.

DA PAM 601-280