This quote is not the entire story...
It does not address the specifics of reaching high year of tenure (rcp).
The correct direct reference is actually found here:http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/07a/07a_35.pdf
and is DoD Financial Management Regulation Volume 7A, Chapter 35. Notice that the last update to this regulation was June 2010 as opposed to a more recent update of September, 2011 for the below quoted reference....however, here's the problem.
If you go to the this reference:http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/07b/07b_04.pdf
which is Volume 7B, Chapter 4, the last update is January 2012.
Separation pay, referenced with a direct link in para 0404 points to Volume 7A, Chapter 35.
Nowhere in the below quotes does it mention high year of tenure or rcp.
Now, go to page 35-14 of Volume 7A, Chapter 35.
Read down through it. There are several qualification points, but the most notable one pertaining to full separation pay for those who have reached rcp can be found on page 35-15 as follows:
3. A member who is separated involuntarily through either the denial of reenlistment or the denial of continuation on active duty or full-time National Guard duty must meet one of the following four specific conditions:
a. The member must be fully qualified for retention but denied reenlistment or continuation. This includes a Military Service member who is eligible for promotion as established by the Secretary of the Military Service concerned, but is denied reenlistment or continuation on active duty under established promotion or high year of tenure policies.
See what I mean?
If you continue reading this same regulation, you will actually find the earlier version of the below quoted reference toward the bottom of page 35-16.
Again, in both the old and newer versions of the below quoted reference, notice the absence of any mention of high year of tenure or rcp concerning those eligible for half separation pay...
Just my two cents.
Originally posted by ReUp63:
Soldiers who ETS because they are denied reenlistment due to RPC are authorized Half Separation Pay.
3.2. Half Separation Pay (Non-disability). Half payment of non-disability
separation pay, computed as provided in paragraph 3.3., below, is authorized to members
of the Regular and Reserve components involuntarily separated from AD who meet each
of following four conditions:
3.2.3. The Service member is being involuntarily separated by the Military
Service concerned through either the denial of reenlistment or the denial of continuation
on AD or full-time National Guard duty, or the Service member is being separated
instead of board action as provided in DoD Directive 1332.30 (reference (f)), under one
of the following specific conditions:
220.127.116.11. The member is not fully qualified for retention and is denied
reenlistment or continuation by the Military Service concerned as provided for in
reference (e) or DoD Directive 1332.30 (reference (f)) under any of the following
18.104.22.168.1. Expiration of service obligation.
Though I didn't copy and paste it, in order to qualify, the Soldier must have served at least 6 years AFS.