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Army to Separate Reserve, National Guard Soldiers Not Attending Required Training

The Army announced recently a decision to realign Reserve Component-unit Soldiers who have an obligation to attend training, but who have not been participating in their required training. Under this initiative, these Soldiers will be encouraged to resume training with their Troop Program Units or be considered for administrative separation.

Abbreviating the notification procedures for separation will be phased in regionally over a 12-month period. The expected result will be fewer non-participants on unit rosters, providing a more accurate picture of unit readiness. At the same time, other Soldiers can be recruited or promoted into the resultant vacancies.

“The Reserve Component will take a full inventory of Soldiers assigned to Reserve units, “said Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, Chief Army Reserve. “This inventory will identify those Soldiers that have failed to participate in required unit training and have, therefore, been identified as unsatisfactory participants.”

First, those Soldiers will be encouraged to return to training; otherwise they will be considered for separation and -- if appropriate -- required to reimburse the government for any unearned portions of incentives they have received.

The quality and dedication of the all-volunteer Army remains high. As of November 2005, more than 119,454 Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers were serving on active duty in support of the Global War on Terror.

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Media contact: Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, G1 PAO (703-693-0295) or Mr. Sheldon Smith, Office of Army Public Affairs (703-697-7487)

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