HEIDELBERG, Germany -- All active-duty and Active Guard and Reserve Soldiers in the ranks of sergeant first class and above with 20 or more years active service will soon be considered for discharge or retirement based on duty performance, according to a July 23 letter from Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and Reserve affairs, to senior Army personnel and Human Resources Command officials. The letter outlines the provisions for the reinstatement of a revised version of the Qualitative Management Program under which eligible Soldiers may be denied continued service based on indicators of marginal or poor performance. The program is being reinstated to "ensure senior noncommissioned officers serve in a manner consistent with good order and discipline, and that those serving in positions of authority perform in an exemplary manner," the letter states. It also outlines the guidelines for the revised program.Eligible NCOs may be denied continued service under the QMP if HRC receives any of the following documents pertaining to the Soldier since the date of his or her last promotion: -- a general officer letter or memorandum of reprimand -- a conviction by court martial or punishment under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice -- a relief for cause NCO Evaluation Report -- an NCOER with a rating by the senior rater of fair or poor in the overall performance or potential blocks -- an academic evaluation report indicating the Soldier has failed a NCO Education System course Only command sergeants major and sergeants major with 30 or more years active service and senior NCOs with approved retirements will be exempt from QMP consideration. If HRC receives any of the listed documents for filing in an eligible senior NCO's Official Military Personnel File, the command will notify the Soldier through his or her chain of command, and inform the Soldier that he or she will be considered for denial of continued