POLICY CHANGE WILL FORCE 3,000 NCOS OUT EARLY BUT OPEN PROMOTION
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHERS.
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In one of his first major policy changes, Army Secretary Eric Fanning signed a directive to
return enlisted Retention Control Points to their 2007 levels.
That will mean about 3,000 senior noncommissioned officers will leave the Army earlier
than expected, but it also means increased promotion opportunities for mid-grade NCOs.
“This is the best course of action to right-size the Army with regards to a readiness
perspective for the future,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey said. “It’s the right thing
to do. This is not a small decision. It was eight months of running numbers, projections and
The changes are part of an effort to right-size the Army for its current mission, reduce the
need for forced separations and create increased opportunities for promotion, Dailey said.
Dailey told the Army Times that the changes create upward mobility; increase promotion
rates for sergeants first class, master sergeants and sergeants major; and reduce the need
for Qualitative Service Program boards.
The Army, via QSP, screens for NCOs in overstrength specialties or those who have
stagnant promotion opportunities, or both.
“QSP does right-size the Army in regard to numbers, but things like deployability, talent
management, they’re harder to determine when you’re looking at files,” Dailey told the
The new ETS, or “expiration, term of service” dates for some senior enlisted Soldiers with
the new RCPs will begin Oct. 1.
The changes apply to sergeants first class and above who are in the regular Army or serve
in the Active Guard Reserve program. Their RCPs, which indicate the upper limit of years
of service for each grade, will be shortened by two or three years.
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