--The Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation program is one means Army senior leaders selected to sustain appropriate total force readiness, manage talent and achieve congressionally mandated end-strength. In "fiscal year 2012", Congress amended legislation that expanded the Army's authority to separate Regular Army Enlisted Soldiers prior to their contractual Expiration Term of Service (ETS), from three months to one year. The Army began using this expanded authority in June 2012 to address readiness in deploying units. Application of this program to deploying units remains in effect; however, the Army has further expanded use of this authority.

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