By Kristin Molinaro, The BayonetDecember 17, 2010
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2010) - Soldiers planning to re-enlist may see their options reduced, according to a recent Army memorandum. The changes took effect Tuesday.
In a policy memo sent to Fort Benning's installation retention office last week, initial term, mid-career, career and deployed Soldiers will see changes to re-enlistment options.
Sgt. 1st Class Nikikki Whitaker, operations NCO for the installation retention office, said the changes are related in part to how well the Army did in recruiting and retention for fiscal year 2010.
"We are already at 50 percent across the board for (fiscal year 2011)," said Whitaker, who noted the office has already reached the halfway point of its mission to re-enlist 602 Soldiers before October.
"I believe (retention) is doing well right now for a couple of reasons. With the war effort going on, I believe everybody wants to stay in and finish the job. And with the economy the way it is, that's playing a part too. People want financial security," she said.
Among the changes, initial term and mid-career Soldiers in a balanced or under strength military occupational specialty will no longer be offered the Army Training Re-enlistment Option.
Career Soldiers with less than 10 years of service are only eligible to receive the Regular Army Re-enlistment Option. Staff sergeants and above with 10 or more years of service on their date of discharge must re-enlist under the Indefinite Re-enlistment Program.
Deployed Soldiers are no longer eligible to re-enlist for two years under the Current Station Stabilization Re-enlistment Option.
Deployed Soldiers with an ETS date between April 1 and Sept. 30, and serving in an over strength MOS, may re-enlist for the Regular Army Re-enlistment Option for a term length not to exceed two years.
Initial term and mid-career Soldiers assigned, not attached, to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and serving in an over strength MOS are limited to the Regular Army and Army Training re-enlistment options as long as the new MOS is designated and approved for USASOC temporary duty.
Re-enlistment options are only available, if otherwise qualified, for Soldiers specialist or above who have a contractual estimated time in service date on or before Sept. 30, 2012.
Privates first class listed on the current Selective Re-enlistment Bonus Message and receiving an SRB at tier level two or higher are eligible to re-enlist.
Any Soldier's new ETS date must be greater than one year from the contractual ETS date for all options. For more information, see your unit's career counselor.
Regular Army Re-enlistment Option
Assignment to training or duty to the needs of the Army. This option carries no guarantee of assignment, training or stabilization. Soldiers, with the exception of those re-enlisting to meet service remaining requirements, may be assigned to their present duty assignment or to any vacancy for which they are qualified.
Army Training Re-enlistment Option
Attendance at an available service school of choice for primary MOS, special skill identifier, additional skill identifier or language training. Airborne training for Soldiers possessing an eligible primary MOS.