Army Retention Program

Tuesday February 14, 2012

What is it?

The Army Retention Program is a commander's program requiring active involvement, support and interest at all levels. The program fosters an environment encouraging high quality, career-minded Soldiers to stay on the Army team either in the active or reserve component.

What has the Army done?

The Army has undertaken several initiatives in the past few years designed to improve the quality of the All Volunteer Force. Increases in retention standards; fair, yet effective use of bars to reenlistment; and implementation of a new retention control point scale have empowered commanders to retain their highest quality Soldiers. Successful monitoring and adjustment of retention incentives encourages those Soldiers with the right skills to reenlist to meet Army requirements.

What does the Army have planned?

Beginning March 1, 2012, brigade/O-6 level commanders and above will be given specific reenlistment objectives, as determined by the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and will ensure that only the best qualified Soldiers of those eligible are reenlisted. Brigade/O-6 level commanders and above will deny reenlistment to those Soldiers not deemed best qualified according to implementing guidance published by the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1.

Why is it important to the Army?

As the Army reduces end strength, shapes and aligns the force, it is imperative that we retain the highest quality Soldiers with the right skills to man the All Volunteer Force. Managing the Army's retention program and its assigned objectives is essential to retaining a quality force with joint and expeditionary capabilities. Today's Soldiers possess a wealth of skills and combat experience, and retaining these Soldiers is essential to the quality of the force.


Army Regulation 601-280: Army Retention Program (PDF)

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