By Eric A. Brown
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
The U.S. Army has identified hundreds of senior noncommissioned officers for involuntary separation as the service advances toward reducing 80,000 soldiers from its ranks by 2018.
The number of senior NCOs identified for separation under the Army’s Qualitative Service Program has increased by more than 310 percent over last year’s figures.
During fiscal 2013, the Army identified 160 active-duty and Army Reserve senior NCOs for separation under the program. In contrast, this fiscal year’s numbers have topped 506 for the same demographic.
“Although every effort is made to minimize denial of continued service to quality NCOs, the Army can no longer retain soldiers in over-strength skills as we improve grade and [Military Occupational Specialty],” said Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for personnel, in an email to the force.
“These Soldiers are otherwise fully qualified for continued service and their selection by this force shaping process in no way diminishes their contributions to the Army,” Bromberg said.