Applicability. This memorandum applies to Headquarters, Department of the Army and its field operating agencies, unless otherwise stated.
Proponent and exception authority. The proponent of this regulation is the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this Memo that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit or field operating agency in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a waiver to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include formal review by the activity’s senior legal officer. All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25–30 for specific guidance.