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Human Immunodeficiency Virus

The Army's policy, procedures, and guidance for soldiers infected with HIV are contained in AR 600-110, Identification, Surveillance, and Administration of Personnel Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

All soldiers are required to be tested for the presence of HIV antibodies at least biennially. The biennial testing is keyed to birth month screening and is monitored by the personnel service battalion/military personnel division.

Soldiers who receive OCONUS assignment instructions, or are scheduled for an OCONUS TDY that will exceed 179 days, must have tested negative within six months of the departure date.

Soldiers who are HIV-positive will not be deployed (PCS or TDY) OCONUS. Soldiers serving OCONUS who are confirmed as HIV positive will be expeditiously reassigned to CONUS.

Soldiers confirmed as HIV-positive in CONUS will be indefinitely stabilized at their current duty station. They will be awarded an AEA code of "B" without a termination date. These soldiers remain eligible for other CONUS assignments in accordance with the needs of the Army and PCS policies.

The fact that HIV-positive soldiers are nondeployable does not preclude their assignment to a TOE or MTOE deployable unit in CONUS, except for the closed units listed below. Commanders may not impose additional assignment restrictions on HIV-positive soldiers without first obtaining DCSPER approval. Soldiers may be assigned to units for a normal tour (a normal tour for these purposes is three years from reporting date to the unit).

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command and Ranger organizations are totally closed to HIV-positive soldiers.

Soldiers who are HIV-positive will not be assigned to the following organizations, if the soldier's medical condition requires frequent medical follow-up and the duty location would be geographically isolated from an Army medical treatment facility capable of providing that follow-up:

o TOE or MTOE units if previously diagnosed as HIV positive.

o U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command

o U.S. Army Cadet Command

o U.S. Army Recruiting Command

These soldiers remain eligible for NCOES attendance. However, they will not attend any formal schooling that will cause the soldier to be assigned to a closed unit. Additionally, they are not eligible to attend any military-sponsored educational programs which would result in an additional service obligation. These restrictions do not include those MOS producing courses required for career progression (e.g., 91A requires formal school training in 91B/91C to be eligible for promotion to SSG).

Those HIV-positive soldiers still meeting the medical retention standards of AR 40-501 (Standards of Medical Fitness) remain eligible for reenlistment. However, they may only reenlist for Option F-1 (Regular Army) or Option F-2 (Current Station Stabilization) IAW AR 601-280, Total Army Retention Program.

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