Officer Retention

What is it?  To provide information on officer loss rates and the initiatives the Army is implementing to retain more officers.  Roughly 92 percent of the company grade officers are electing to remain in the Army.  Company grade loss rates (lieutenant and captain) for FY05 was 8.55 percent, slightly below the Army average of 8.64 percent (FY 96-04).  FY06 company grade loss rates were 7.9 percent.  Immediately following September 11, 2001, company grade loss rates were at historical lows:  7.08 percent and 6.29 percent respectively.  The three years prior to 11 September 2001, company grade loss rates averaged 9.8 percent. 

What has the Army done?  Officer retention has taken on renewed interest not because of an increase in officer loss rates, but because of a significant force structure growth and modularity.  The Army is short roughly 3,500 active component officers, most of which are senior captains and majors.  While the overall company grade loss rates are not alarming, the Army is being proactive and is working several initiatives to retain more of our best and brightest officers.  These initiatives include: 

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? 

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Why is this important to the Army?  Officer loss rates are consistent with historical trends; however, in order to fill the growth of officer modularity structure, we must retain more of our officers.  We are confident that we can achieve this through the above officer retention initiatives.