The Army has announced that more than 20 central boards meeting next year will also consider soldiers for involuntary separation, according to the Army Times.
All senior NCO promotion boards meeting next year will also serve as QSP/QMP screening boards. For those unfamiliar with the difference: the Army’s QSP (Qualitative Service Program) is intended to reduce senior NCO populations in over-strength MOS, while the QMP (Quality Management Program) is a program that targets senior NCOs with derogatory information in their personnel files for termination of service. This means that every E6, E7, and E8 being screened for promotion next year will also be screened for involuntary termination or forced early retirement.
The article doesn’t specifically address officer selection boards. However, traditionally officer promotion boards are also used to screen records on a “show cause for retention” basis. I’m guessing that the O3, O4, O5, and O6 boards are the others not named in the article that bring the total to “more than 20”. However, I could easily be wrong.
This is nothing new, and this should be no surprise. The same thing happened during the Bush(41) and Clinton administrations. (I’m guessing it happened after Vietnam and during the Carter administration as well, but I can’t say for sure from personal knowledge.) Hell, some QMP boards occurred during the last couple of years of the Reagan administration.
I’m guessing the other three services are all doing something similar.
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