Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Update, 3 April 2020

1. GROOMING STANDARDS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS.  From Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Michael A. Grinston:  “We continue to rely on and trust the judgement of our leaders throughout the Army to protect the health of the force at their installations. Grooming standards are an important part of good order and discipline in the Army, though at the end of the day, we need to make sure we’re doing what we can to keep our people safe. Just like with readiness and protecting the force, it’s not an easy balance to strike. There isn’t a one-size-fits all solution. We have to be agile, and I know we have the right leaders in the right places to make these tough decisions. At the Department of the Army level, we’re constantly assessing the situation and refining guidance to the force. It’s going to take the whole Army working together and adapting as we go, but we will kill the virus.”

2. FRAGO 17 TO HQDA EXORD 144-20 ARMY WIDE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK (FOUO), DTG: 020028Z APR 20. Among other items, this FRAGO provides guidance on inspection and shipment of ventilators, additional reporting requirements for COVID-19 testing, medical maintenance support, and financial management funding guidance.

3. FY19 BRIGADIER GENERAL, ARMY COMPETITIVE CATEGORY, PROMOTION SELECTION LIST. The Senate confirmed the FY19 Brigadier General, Army Competitive Category, Promotion Selection List on 20 March 2020.  The officers listed at the following link have been confirmed for promotion to the rank of brigadier general.

4. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. New ALARACTs and ADs are also posted on APD at the following link.

a. ALARACT 032/2020, 2019 ARMY OPERATIONS SECURITY AWARD WINNERS (FOUO), DTG: R 012221Z APR 20. This ALARACT announces the Operations Security (OPSEC) award winners for calendar year 2019. Army OPSEC achievement awards recognize significant OPSEC accomplishments of Army personnel and organizations for their creative and innovative application of techniques or methods to solve problems related to OPSEC.

5. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages.  All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at All Military Pay E-Messages are available on milBook at

a. MILPER MESSAGE 20-091, GUIDANCE FOR CONDUCTING CONFIRMATORY BODY FAT PERCENT ASSESSMENT FOR THE ARMY BODY COMPOSITION PROGRAM (ABCP), ISSUED: [4/2/2020 8:41:56 AM]. This message issues guidance regarding the administration of a confirmatory body fat percent assessment if a Soldier’s body circumference does not meet the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP) standards; and clarifies AR 600-9 as the authoritative regulation with regard to the options commanders will initiate when a Soldier fails the body fat standards during the 12-month period following removal from the ABCP.  This message applies to all Army components.

b. MILPER MESSAGE 20-092, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY GUIDANCE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK, ISSUED: [4/2/2020 11:08:16 AM]. This MILPER message applies to enlisted promotions for Regular Army (RA) and United States Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers. Effective immediately, due to travel and training restrictions established to protect the force and preserve readiness, this MILPER provides guidance for approved exceptions to policy concerning promotion of enlisted Soldiers.  Unless sooner terminated, these exceptions to policy remain in effect through 30 September 2020.

c. MILPER MESSAGE 20-093, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY AND SERVICE MEDALS – OPERATION OBSERVANT COMPASS, ISSUED: [4/2/2020 11:14:47 AM]. The purpose of this message is to announce that The Assistant Secretary of Defense approved Operation OBSERVANT COMPASS (OCC) as a designated operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM). The period of the award is from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2017.  The associated GWOTEM area of eligibility for OCC is:  Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Republic of South Sudan, to include the respective airspace of each.

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