Korea tours: Unit deployments would replace individual duty

One-year individual tours to South Korea may soon be replaced by deployments of trained and equipped combat units that will go for upwards of nine months at a time.

The Army is studying a plan that would rotate units in and out of South Korea — a plan that had the full support of Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, who relinquished command of U.S. Army Pacific on July 2.

The idea of moving to rotational forces, as opposed to individual replacements, has been in the works for at least two years. No official decision has been

Read more in the July 29 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Some Army war records missing

The Army conceded a significant loss of records documenting battlefield action and other operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and launched a global search to recover and consolidate field records from the wars.

In an order to all commands and a separate letter to leaders of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Army Secretary John McHugh said the service also is taking immediate steps to clarify responsibility for wartime record keeping.

The moves follow inquiries from the committee’s leaders after a ProPublica and Seattle Times investigation last year reported that dozens of Army and National Guard units lost or failed to keep required field records, in some cases impeding the ability of veterans to obtain disability benefits. The problem primarily affected the Army but also extended to U.S. Central Command in Iraq.

Find out more in the latest issue of Army Times.

Some face retention screening at master sergeant boards

More than 20,000 sergeants first class are expected to be eligible for promotion consideration by the fiscal 2014 Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) master sergeant boards that meet at Fort Knox, Ky., in October and November.

In addition to the promotion review, these boards will screen some senior noncommissioned officers for possible involuntary separation or retirement under the Qualitative Management Program. The sergeants first class, master sergeants and sergeants major targeted for possible separation will be identified for QMP screening by Human Resources Command if they have adverse information in their personnel files.

Get the full story in this week’s Army Times.

Outside the wire

For off-beat news, interactive deployment maps and funny tidbits from around the Internet, check out blogs.militarytimes.com/outside-the-wire/

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.