Skip to comments.Army “Pink Slip” Details Emerge
Posted on 08/06/2014 1:21:05 PM PDT by pabianice
Earlier this week, Army officials provided greater clarity behind its ongoing involuntary drawdown efforts with MOAA and other major veteran and military service organizations.
The teleconference followed swift negative reaction by the press and legislators when various pink slip news stories surfaced regarding the way the Army handled the notification of nearly 1,200 officers involuntarily selected to separate; some while deployed combat zones.
During the teleconference, Army officials emphasized that leaders were involved in the notification process. The 87 deployed captains (O-3), once notified, immediately received change of mission orders and will be out of country within 30 days. They were given the choice to either return to home duty station or to a transition location of choice and given 10 months to separate.
These separations are just one method the Army is undertaking to bring their active duty force down from 570,000 members to 490,000 by 2015. Enlisted drawdown efforts will largely be adjusted by reducing the accession pipeline but more officers can expect pink slips early next month when the involuntary separation board results are released for majors (O-4).
The Army is in a difficult predicament. Sequestration and other budget cuts have led to significant end strength reductions that hit the Army and Marine Corps hardest.
The Armys Soldier for Life Transition program is working with MOAA and other Military and Veterans Service Organizations to assist in providing transition services for these service members.
As a member benefit, MOAA also offers a military-friendly job board, interview preparation tools, and career transition seminars around the country. The career transition team is prepared to assist with military-to-civilian résumé critiques, personalized one-on-one counseling, salary negotiation, and more. To learn more about MOAAs career transition services, visit www.moaa.org/career.
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Destroying America’s strength. Right on plan.
The only federal department getting riffed is the DOD.
I knew the military had gone PC nutty but issuing pink slips to men is just plain wrong
War in Afghanistan
ISIS taking over Iraq
Mexican druglords occupying SW US
Hamas attacking Israel
Russia attacking Ukraine
China taking over the South China Sea
Libya out of control civil war
...and guess what is the only area of government that Obama is making smaller?
After all they are well-trained Captains in the Army.
More firings of officers who won’t attack Americans.
Hey, it worked great for Hugo Chavez
They need those salaries to pay more IRS goons to eat out our substance.
“Dear Captain America:
Sincerely, Uncle Sam
PS Try not to get killed.”
Once again, the “post-war Carter Philosophy” shows it’s ugly head!
In 1975, after Vietnam, the USAF, “had too many e-5’s with 5 yrs. service time”, so, the decision was made, either offer them the opportunity to acquire a different job, even if starting from apprentice, or if they don’t seek one, to either become a civil engineer, security policeman, or a cook, or just muster them out.
It took me until July of 1976, to be accepted as an apprentice, in the electronics field. Of course, since I was going to be ‘re-trained’, I had to apply for an extension of 20 months, ‘to cover the amount of time for re-training’. Some of my e-5/5yr. peers did NOT seek, for their entrance test scores were not ‘tall enough’, and did get that ‘pink slip attitude’.
(Guess who they were assigned to?)
“Thank you for your service. Now get lost.”
I was a 1st Lt in Vietnam in 1972 & watched combat qualified captains get sent home in the middle of the Easter Offensive when the NVA came at us full bore with tanks galore.
A year later there was another captain RIF that targeted those lacking a year of college or so, otherwise superbly qualified officers. Time in grade for 1LT had been extended so I dodged another bullet.
Then my four year tour ran out in 1974 with no vol indefs being issued. Joined the National Guard, they asked “are you a captain?” No, I said, still a 1LT. Then we’ll take you, they said. Dodged still another bullet.
During Vietnam company grade officers were being killed so fast that you went from zero to captain in two years after commissioning.
Ten months to prepare for civilian life? Those VN-era captains had sixty days from notification to out.
Every war it’s the same, drawdowns trump tactical needs. War waged by beancounters.
and even worse is there is a plan by Dems to allow ILLEGALS to join military and get automatic citizenship.
BTW Stalin did the same thing with his officer corps
and only Hitler’s bungling kept Russia from becoming part of Germany
The plan is to cut the power of this country’s military, and turn the military into a social experiment.
Hope the E-9 I know gets his 20 years.
We always pretend that we have a "peace dividend" where the rest of the world apparently becomes invisible to the belly button counters and bureaucrats.
IMO the captains and majors and mid level NCOs are the core of our military's future They have the command and combat experience that starts to evaporate when others go to field and staff grade levels.
As the old peacenik songs goes:
"When will they ever learn?"
Poor leadership from JCOS and top ranking generals, admirals, etc or they’d stand up to a crazy CIC.
He’s making it smaller before he makes it bigger with HIS kind of soldiers.
I would add Iran and nk building nukes and missile delivery systems to the list