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Reservist colonels face retention board

May. 14, 2013 - 07:50AM   |  
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The July 15 retention board for Active Guard and Reserve colonels will look at officers’ documents.
What’s in that packet:
■Officer’s official photo
■Officer Record Brief
■Performance section of their official personnel file.
May 15-July 8: Officers can review their documents at My Board File link at

Select colonels and lieutenant colonels of the Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) will be screened for possible involuntary release from active duty by a board that meets in mid-July.

The fiscal 2013 force alignment action primarily is targeted at basic-branch officers who are at or near retirement eligibility.

The screening, which is slated to begin July 15 at the Army Selection Board Secretariat, Fort Knox, Ky., will not include colonels and lieutenant colonels of the Chaplain Corps and Judge Advocate General’s Corps; lieutenant colonels of the Army Medical Department branches, and colonels of the Nurse Corps.

Also excluded from consideration by the Release from Active Duty Board are officers with mandatory removal dates that are within 12 months of the board’s convening date, or have an approved retirement date, as of July 8, 2013, that is effective July 1, 2014, or earlier.

The basic zone of consideration will include Army Reserve colonels and lieutenant colonels of the AGR who were mobilized under the provisions of Title 10 of the U.S. Code (sections 12301, 12302 and 12304), and who meet the following service criteria:

■Lieutenant colonels with 18 or more years of active federal service and a date of rank of Aug. 27, 2012, or earlier, and lieutenant colonels with fewer than 18 years of AFS who have a date of rank of March 31, 2007, or earlier.

■Colonels, regardless of AFS, who have a date of rank of Feb. 12, 2013, or earlier for members of the Army Promotion List category, or Sept. 21, 2012, or earlier, for members of the Medical Service Corps.

Officers who meet the service criteria and who have nonstatutory service obligations, such as those incurred for military schooling, and officers who are serving in command billets, will be considered by the board. Service obligations will be waived, and command tours curtailed, if the officers are selected by the REFRAD board.

Similar to the Selective Early Retirement Board screening scheduled for Regular Army officers in August, AGR officers in the REFRAD zone of eligibility can request voluntary retirement in lieu of board consideration and possible involuntary release from active duty.

Officers who elect to retire must submit a retirement application through their assignment officer no later than June 1. Once the request is submitted and approved, the application cannot be withdrawn.

Applications will be quickly processed, and retirement orders will be issued no later than July 8.

Most officers who are selected will be released from active duty on the first day of the ninth month after the chief of the Army Reserve approves the board results.

Officers who do not have 20 years of service on that date will be retained until reaching 20 years of service.

Under law, AGR officers who are selected for release from active duty are retained on the Reserve Active Status List, and are eligible for promotion consideration. Therefore, officers who are selected for REFRAD and are on a promotion recommended list before their mandatory release date will have the option to stay in the AGR and be promoted and assigned to a billet for the next higher grade.■

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