FORT EUSTIS, Va., (Aug. 16, 2016) –Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy held a town hall with Soldiers from various units at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and attended an Army Innovation Summit in Williamsburg, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2016.
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FORT EUSTIS, Va., (Aug.5 , 2016)–U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum (center), hosts Maj. Gen. Richard Felton, commander, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Joint Helicopter Command, British Army (left) during a recent visit to TRADOC headquarters.
During the visit, Felton participated in a series of discussions on aviation issues of both Armies on topics such as the future design of army aviation based on current and future threat spectrum, capability shortfalls and risks.
The visit also reaffirmed the value of the TRADOC – U.K. Army relationship in supporting a U.S.-U.K. Bilateral Vision Statement addendum signed, June 16. The visit was the first in a nine-day trip to various U.S. training sites and installations for Felton. (U.S. Army photos by Charles Winslow)
Fort Leavenworth was host to the Employee Engagement Training Conference, or E2TC, at the Lewis and Clark Center Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12. The one-and-a-half day event brought together numerous Department of the Army’s senior leaders in an effort to craft reasonable solutions to address issues facing the Army’s modern civilian workforce.
FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Changes to Army programs that are meant to retain quality noncommissioned officers will take effect when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
Back in May, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning signed the Army Directive 2016-19 (Retaining a Quality Noncommissioned Officer Corps), instituting new policies that are meant to ensure the Army retains its best soldiers while offering NCOs with the most potential an avenue for continued service.
The directive changes the Bar to the Continued Service Program, the NCO Career Status Program, and Retention Control Point System. The changes will be felt across the enlisted spectrum, particularly among mid-career to senior-level NCOs.
Under the Bar to Continued Service program, formerly known as the Bar to Reenlistment Program, all enlisted ranks in the active and Reserve components can receive notice that they must improve their performance or face separation from service, despite having reenlisted indefinitely.
“The big change … is that the (Bar to the Continued Service Program) now affects all enlisted ranks,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Kouneski, Fort Jackson’s command career counselor.
“Where previously (the program was) Bar to Reenlistment and, if you were in the indefinite reenlistment program, you could say, ‘The commander can’t bar me to reenlist because I’m already indefinite.’ Now if a Soldier has unsatisfactory performance the commander can bar you from continued service.”
The bar will be reviewed at periods of three and six months before separation procedures begin.
“(The reviews) are putting you on notice you are a candidate for separation under the new Bar to Continued Service,” Kouneski said.
“As a Soldier in the Army you (must) … continue to find new ways to better yourself, because as the Army reduces in size it naturally becomes more competitive.”
Under the new directive, Soldiers who wish to reenlist under the NCO Career Status Program, formerly the Indefinite Reenlistment Program, must wait until their 12th year of service to apply. The new entry point is meant to coincide with the Army’s new retirement system, which begins Jan. 1, 2018.
The directive also reduces the years senior NCOs can stay in the Army by reducing Retention control point levels for sergeants 1st class through sergeants major.
This change, which will take place over a three-year period, is designed to cause “senior enlisted personnel to exit earlier than anticipated and to mitigate the effects on Families and on the Army.”
Soldiers seeking more information on these upcoming changes should contact their unit career counselors.