Officer retention

Monday March 31, 2008

What is it?

Officer retention has received renewed interest with the continuous requirements of the global war on terrorism combined with the significant force structure growth as we transform to a modular force. The Army will add more than 8,300 basic-branch commissioned officer positions by FY10, with more than 4,500 of those positions at the grades of captain and major. 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.

What has the Army done?

The Army implemented a pre-commissioning program in FY06, allowing cadets to select a branch, post, or graduate school for an additional service obligation of three years. This program proved successful in just one year; 1,100 participated in FY06 and 1,600 in FY07. The Army expects this program to reduce loss rates among U.S. Military Academy (USMA) and ROTC scholarship commissioned officers beginning in FY10 when these officers will have completed their normal active-duty service obligation (five years for USMA and four for ROTC officers).

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