Summary: Designed to identify Non-Commission Officers (NCOs) for involuntary separation from active duty in an effort to achieve mandated end-strength; enhances the NCO Corp by retaining NCOs with the greatest potential for continued contributions and supports sustainment of career paths across MOS/Skill levels within an All-Volunteered Army.
Eligibility Criteria: All Soldiers whose Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) are formally announced by MILPER Message and who meet the following criteria outlined below:
• CSM/SGM – Minimum 3 years TIG and less than 31 years AFS • 1SG/MSG – Minimum 4 years TIG and less than 28 years AFS • SFC – Minimum 4 years TIG and less than 25 years AFS • SSG – Minimum 4 years TIG and less than 21 years AFS
Not Eligible for QSP :
• Soldiers with an approved retirement as of the board convene date • Soldiers in a promotable status to the next higher grade • 1SG/MSG previously selected to attend SMC for purpose of promotion to SGM • Nominative CSM/SGM
• Soldier must separate/retire effective no later than the date established by HQDA • Appeals are limited to material error • Soldier may request voluntary retirement in lieu of QSP separation if eligible for retirement • Soldiers with 18 years AFS as of the separation date will be retained on AD until eligible for retirement...may apply for retirement immediately (will be discharged at 20 years if no retirement is submitted)
• Soldiers with at least 15 years and less than 20 years AFS as of the separation date may request retirement under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) • Deployed Soldiers will not be separated/retired until redeployment plus 365 days – unless Soldier requests otherwise
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