The US Army has identified 500 non-commissioned officers to be involuntarily separated as part of this year’s budget cuts. Last year, 160 were fired, but this year there is a 310% increase in order to move closer to reducing 80,000 soldiers by 2018.
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],” Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for personnel, said in an email to the force.