Army Involuntary Separation
The Army’s Qualitative Service Program has identified more than 500 senior NCOs for involuntary separation, with an end goal of 80,000 fewer soldiers by 2018. This 500+ number is more than 300 percent higher than last year. Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel LTG Howard Bromber said “…the Army can no longer retain soldiers in over-strength skills…” Anticipated numbers for FY15? 1,000 separations.
Odierno on Size of Army Force
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno spoke at a panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday. During the discussion, he stated that without at least 450,000 active-duty soldiers, the United States may not be able to respond to conflicts worldwide. With sequestration, the Army’s force may be slashed to 420,000 in the next five years.
Retired Military COLA Reinstated
Congress approved a bill to undo the $6 billion cuts to veterans’ benefits, which would have reduced the COLA for working-age military retirees’ pensions. The bill now goes to the president for his signature. The cut will be paid by extending the sequester for another year.
Sources: starsandstripes.com, dodbuzz.com, govexec.com