<b>Ending Stop-Loss and Launching Stop-Loss Special Pay</B>

<b>What is it'</b>

In August the Army will begin reducing the number of Soldiers extended involuntarily beyond the end of their enlistments or retirement dates in units deploying to combat areas, the program is known as <i>Stop-Loss</i>. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the goal is to cut the number of Soldiers extended under <i>Stop-Loss</i> in half by June 2010 and all but eliminate the use of <i>Stop-Loss</i> by March 2011. Also, Soldiers who were in the
<i>Stop-Loss</i> program this fiscal year will receive $500 per month in special <i>Stop-Loss</i> pay, retroactive to Oct. 1, 2008 (the fiscal year's start date).

<b>Why is the Army doing this'</b>

Defense Department policy has been to end the use of <i>Stop-Loss</i> when operationally feasible, which has been the Army's commitment. With conditions improving in Iraq, a gradual restoration of balance between deployments, and the force's growth, the Army can begin reducing its reliance on <i>Stop-Loss</i>.

The Army plan implements authority for <i>Stop-Loss</i> pay Congress approved to show the nation's appreciation for Soldiers' continued service. <i>Stop-Loss</i> pay will be distributed soon. The funds Congress provided for <i>Stop-Loss</i> pay are for this fiscal year only.

Since 9/11 the Army has had to use <i>Stop-Loss</i> to ensure that Soldiers in units going in harm's way train and fight together. <i>Stop-Loss</i> affects one percent of the Force (about 13,000 Soldiers across the three Army components).

<b>How will this help the Army'</b>

The conditions enabling the Army to reduce and eventually eliminate its reliance on <i>Stop-Loss</i> also support efforts to bring the all-volunteer force back into balance. That includes a long-term goal of less frequent and shorter deployments and longer dwell times for units.

<b>How will this help the Soldier'</b>

Limiting the use of <i>Stop-Loss</i> balances the need for unit effectiveness against its impact on individual Soldiers and their families.

<b>What's the way ahead'</b>

The Army Reserve will start deploying units without <i>Stop-Loss</i> Soldiers beginning in August 2009. The Army National Guard will start deploying units without <i>Stop-Loss</i> Soldiers in September 2009. The Active Army is scheduled to start deploying units without the Soldiers in the <i>Stop-Loss</i> program, in January 2010.

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