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15-year retirement: QSP boards will choose which NCOs will go early

The popular 15-year retirement plan used in earlier drawdowns is back, but will be limited to noncommissioned officers and officers who are selected for involuntary separation.

The Temporary Early Retirement Authority allows select categories of soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of active service to receive the same benefits as those who retire with 20 or more years of service, except that their retirement pay is reduced accordingly.


Tougher, longer Warrior Leader Course coming in Jan.

The return of land navigation, expanded counseling curriculum and strict fitness guidelines are some of the changes soldiers will see at an improved — and longer — Warrior Leader Course to be launched in January.

These changes are the first of many coming to the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. Officials are honing NCOES to better equip soldiers to meet the needs of an evolving Army.

And they mean business: If you don’t attend NCOES, you don’t get promoted. If you don’t get promoted, you don’t stay in the Army.


Drill Sergeant School boss alleges she was forced out of her position; Army says she wasn’t mistreated

Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, the first female boss of the Army Drill Sergeant School, is aggressively fighting her removal, saying she was punished for following orders to enforce standards at the school.

She has called for  Congressional and Inspector General inquiries into her commanders; she is awaiting the disposition of an Article 138 objection that alleges she faced racial and sex discrimination and maltreatment; and she has filed a defamation lawsuit against the editor of the website


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