The Army Officer Separation Board identified 91 captains at Fort Hood to leave the service as part of Army downsizing.
The Army must reduce its force to 490,000 by the end of fiscal year 2015 and 450,000 by the end of 2017. Natural attrition doesn’t move fast enough to meet this demand, and many current soldiers and officers are receiving “pink slips.”
The board met in March for captains and 213 captains across III Corps were identified June 23. Separation for these officers will occur no later than April 1. The major’s board met in April, and the results are expected to be released within the next week, said Jay Whitaker, the senior military personnel officer with Fort Hood’s Mission Support Element.
Those with more than 18 years of service will be allowed to reach retirement, according to information from the Army.
Resources are available to these officers, and like any separating service member, they will participate in all courses required through the federal Veterans Opportunity to Work Act.
A special separation class for captains is scheduled next week.
“The Army leadership at all levels is fully committed to assisting these officers and their families as they transition out of the service,” said Maj. Gen. Ken Cox, III Corps deputy commander. “We have dedicated resources available to support their needs, answer their questions and ensure a smooth transition that provides them with the best opportunities as they go forward in their next careers.”
Cox said the outgoing officers could potentially still serve in the Army Reserves.
“The Army is losing a tremendous amount of talent, as many of these selected officers have performed superbly during 13 years of war,” the general said. “Many still have a desire to continue their service in the Army and we encourage them to strongly consider the Reserve component. They have much to offer and they will make an immediate impact.”
Dave Larsen, of the Fort Hood Sentinel, contributed to this report.
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