The Army operates under a regimental system, where each officer is affiliated with a particular regiment. Normally an officer becomes affiliated with a regiment based on his or her basic branch. The concept and structure of the regimental system serves as a backdrop for the formulation of other principles and symbols of heraldry which contribute to a soldier’s identification with his or her regiment or corps. Also, opportunities to serve in recurring assignments within a regiment are increased through regimental affiliation.
Army Regulation 600-82 governs the Army regimental system.
As part of the Officer Personnel Management System XXI implementation, AR 600-82 was changed to allow officers who are career-field designated into a functional area to affiliate with the regiment associated with that functional area. For example, Functional Area 24, information-systems engineering, and FA 53, information-systems management, are aligned under the Signal Regiment. Therefore officers who are career-field designated into FA 24 or FA 53 may request to affiliate with the Signal Regiment. This change to the regulation also applies to officers prior to OPMS XXI who chose to single-track in FA 53.
For those interested, there are two methods for requesting Signal Regiment affiliation. The first is to submit a Department of the Army Form 4187 through your chain of command to your branch. In the remarks block of the DA Form 4187 simply state, "I request to be affiliated with the Signal Regiment."
The second method for requesting regimental affiliation is to visit your local personnel-service center. See the officer-records clerk who is responsible for maintaining your file and ask the clerk to make the appropriate change to your ORB. Once the clerk checks your CFD or single-track status, the change can be input locally, and the clerk can print you a new ORB showing your Signal regimental affiliation.
Lastly, once you have affiliated with the Signal Regiment, let us know and the Signal Center will recognize you by mailing you a regimental-affiliation certificate. To notify us of your affiliation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name as you wish it on the certificate, plus a good mailing address.
For more information, contact MAJ Alan Makowsky, FA 24/53 proponent manager, Office Chief of Signal, commercial 706.791.2267 or DSN 780-2267.
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