Army Cuts Hit Officers Hard

http://www.wwnytv.com/news/ftdrum/Career-Officers-Being-Forced-Out-Of-Army-Times-Reports-282542531.html
Story Published: Nov 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM EST  Story Updated: Nov 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM EST
As the military continues to downsize, many officers are reportedly being forced to leave the only job they’ve had as adults.
The New York Times reports that many captains and majors — most intending to make the Army their careers — are being forced to retire, often at lower pension rates than their ranks would normally qualify them for.
The Times article explains that many of those being forced out are enlisted soldiers who rose through the ranks and haven’t held their current ranks long enough to qualify for that rank’s pension rate.
They’re forced to take the pension for their highest enlisted rank, often sergeant, which, in some cases, cuts their pension by more than half.
Many of them were encouraged to try for promotion to fill the need for officers created by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The Army, the Times reports, has not explained the criteria for deciding who gets cut.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/us/cuts-in-military-mean-job-losses-for-career-staff.html?

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