Selecting an Appropriate Penalty

Supervisors must determine what penalty to impose when an employee commits an infraction and sufficient evidence (preponderance threshold) is available to support a formal disciplinary action action. In determining the appropriate penalty, supervisors shall:
  • Observe the principle of "like penalties for like offenses in like circumstances", which means the penalty will be applied as consistently as possible throughout the organization and/or Army.
  • Consider the relevant Douglas Factors
  • Refer to the Table of Penalties for Various Offenses in AR 690-700, Chapter 751

Supervisors should contact the servicing Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) for assistance with determining the appropriate penalty to impose.

Content last reviewed: 6/25/2014 - KRB/BWR