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Crackdown: Army will purge soldiers who fail APFT, weight standards

The Army is trimming the fat.

Beginning Nov. 1, soldiers attending Professional Military Education must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet height/weight standards. Those who fail will be given a second chance within seven to 24 days. A second failure comes with a list of consequences from ineligibility for promotion to a letter to the soldier’s first general.

Army leadership for the past year has repeated the warning that unfit soldiers would be among the first to face the ax as the service begins to cut 80,000 soldiers over the next five years. Officials are unapologetic in their plans to retain only those soldiers with the greatest potential.


Thousands of soldiers to be slashed from selection lists

The Army will soon conduct an unprecedented quality purge of the standing promotion selection lists for sergeant and staff sergeant, an action that could result in 27 percent of promotable specialists, corporals and sergeants losing their (P) promotable status.

The move, part of an Army-wide effort to sort out less-than-desirable soldiers, is designed to prepare the force for a personnel drawdown that begins next year.

Many of those who will be purged from the selection lists could be in danger of bumping up against the Army’s “up or out” promotion policies and the tenure rules for their grade.

1-star faces court-martial on forcible sodomy charge

A brigadier general with the 82nd Airborne Division has been charged with forcible sodomy and having inappropriate relationships with female subordinates, according to defense officials.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces possible courts-martial on charges that include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, attempted violation of an order, possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed, and misusing a government travel charge card and filing fraudulent claims.

Sinclair, who served as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, was sent home in May because of the allegations, the officials said. He was named a special assistant to the commanding general of 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.


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