How to Fill Out DA Form 4126?
An overview of the bar to continued service form and filing guidelines can be found in the Army Regulation 601-280, Army Retention Program, released in April 2016. DA Form 4126 instructions are as follows:
- Section I contains the commander's recommendation. First, the commander has to provide the name of the barred soldier, the name of the next higher CDR and the name of initiating CDR - their own. The form then requires the full name of the soldier once again along with their rank, DEROS and ETS, the date of bar initiation and the total active federal service dates. The reasons for the bar (Item 10) must be proven with attached supporting documents.
- Section II - Soldier's Review - is filled in by the barred service member. They must confirm that all presented allegations are truthful. If the soldier disagrees, they can submit a statement on their own behalf in accordance with the AR 600-37. The soldier receives a copy of the form with a 7-day period to prepare their comments and collect papers to support their statements. An extension of the period can be granted if the initiating commander believes it to be necessary. If the Soldier showed no desire to make a statement, the bar will be processed immediately.
- Section III is filed by the next higher command. After they review the bar, they must provide their approval or disapproval it in this section.
- Section IV is for the information on counseling by the initiating commander. This section confirms the approval or disapproval of the DA 4126 and whether the soldier will appeal the bar or not. This section requires the initiating commander's and the soldiers' full names, ranks, signatures, and dates of filing.