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Officials voice the ins and outs of retention

Dec. 12, 2012 - 10:56AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 - 10:56AM  |  
Lt. Gen Howard B. Bromberg's staff answered questions for Army Times about officer retention and involuntary separation.
Lt. Gen Howard B. Bromberg's staff answered questions for Army Times about officer retention and involuntary separation. (Army)
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Officials with the Office of the Army G-1 (deputy chief of staff for personnel) at the Pentagon answered these questions from Army Times about officer retention and involuntary separation policies:

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Officials with the Office of the Army G-1 (deputy chief of staff for personnel) at the Pentagon answered these questions from Army Times about officer retention and involuntary separation policies:

Q. Will captains who receive a second nonselection from the Army Competitive Category major board that met in October and November be screened for selective continuation?

A. As a general rule, no. The Army will evaluate strength in critical specialties as each (officer) board occurs, and might offer limited selective continuation to officers in skills where we have insufficient inventory to meet requirements.

Q. Since most of these captains have fewer than 15 years of service and do not qualify for the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, will they qualify for separation pay if designated for involuntary separation?

A. Officers who are not eligible for early retirement under the TERA guidelines would receive involuntary separation pay as long as they have more than six years of service.

Q. Will these same policies apply to the Army Competitive Category captain board that convenes in April?

A. There is no authority in law to selectively continue lieutenant grade officers. Any lieutenant who is twice nonselected for promotion to captain, and who has fewer than six years of active federal service, is not eligible to receive involuntary separation pay.

Any lieutenant who has six or more years of active federal service, and who is twice nonselected for captain would receive involuntary separation pay.

Q. The zone announcement for the fiscal 2013 Army Competitive Category lieutenant colonel board was released Nov. 20. The announcement indicates that majors who receive a second nonselection by this board will be considered for selective continuation. Is it Army policy to selectively continue passed-over majors who are within six years of reaching retirement eligibility at 20 years of active federal service, if they are otherwise qualified for retention?

A. Yes. The Army's policy, in accordance with Defense Department guidance, is that fully qualified majors who are twice nonselected for promotion to lieutenant colonel, and who are within two to six years of regular retirement eligibility, will be considered for selective continuation. Selection will be based on criteria set by the secretary of the Army.

Q. If an officer is not offered selective continuation, will he or she be offered TERA?

A. Army Directive 2012-25 (Temporary Early Retirement authority), dated Sept. 24, 2012, authorizes qualified soldiers to apply for TERA if they are denied continued service with an established involuntary separation date as the result of an Army centralized selection board process.

The directive requires that soldiers must be serving on active duty and have completed 15 but less than 20 years of active service, as of the involuntary separation date.

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