Some Regular Army soldiers are being told to either deploy or leave service under terms of the newly revised Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program.
As announced in late May, the Army is exercising new authority from Congress to require some soldiers to leave active duty up to 12 months before the expiration of their enlistment contracts.
Under previous law, involuntary early outs were limited to no more than three months before a soldier’s expiration of term of service.
Soldiers forced to leave service under this program are entitled to the same veteran benefits they would have had if they completed their contracted enlistment, except that they are not entitled to pay and allowances for the period of active duty not served.
Unearned portions of enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses will not be recouped, according to personnel officials.
The revised involuntary separation program began June 1 and will remain in effect until further notice.
Draw down? Budget cuts? Sequestration?
Good idea? Bad idea?