Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, speaking at an Institute of Land Warfare breakfast last week, said cutbacks must be made on people and platforms. Part of the problem is the inability to maintain weapons systems already in place. Decisions will have to be made whether/how to modernize the existing fleet and reduce the number of systems in place now. For the next few years, the Army will rely on upgrades to existing systems. New systems will only be built if they are considered completely essential. He stated he wants investments and strategy to be focused on “technologies that enable small units of soldiers to rapidly deploy around the world.”
Some Air Force captains and majors eligible for a reduction-in-force board can apply for voluntary separation between Feb. 6 and May 1. Those approved for voluntary separation would receive 1.25 times standard full separation pay and would have to separate on Sept. 29. Those chosen by the RIF board to be separated will have to leave by Jan. 31, 2015 and will received standard separation payment. Officers with as little as 15 years of service have until March 26 to apply for Temporary Early Retirement Authority. Officers who will not be considered for RIF board are those:
- With less than six years of commissioned time
- With 18 years or more of total active-duty service
- On approved promotion list
- With less than a year of time in grade by Jan. 31, 2015.
Good news for the Marine Corps. The Quadrennial Defense Review is expected to be delivered next month, and will include support for the Marine Corps’ equipment needs and post-Afghanistan mission.