By Fonda Bock,
USAREC, Public Affairs
Jan 26, 2016
U.S. Army Recruiting Command will eliminate 187 civilian jobs as part of the Department of Army's force reduction of 17,000 positions.
Impacted employees began receiving notification Jan. 4.
Town hall briefings explaining the reason for the reduction, options for impacted employees regarding job placement and retirement, and information regarding processes and benefits were conducted Jan. 12-14 by USAREC G1 Civilian Personnel Management Division, USAREC G4/8 Force Development, and the Civilian Human Resource Agency. A video of the briefing is available at https://youtu.be/kF_rKCejg0U
Maj. Gen. Jeffery Snow, USAREC commanding general, said due to pre-planning, progress has already been made in finding jobs for displaced employees.
"We worked tirelessly to minimize the impact of reductions, and I am pleased to tell you that we started with 187 cuts, but based on work that the team has done already, we're down to 105 positions. So we've been able to address 82 positions," Snow said.
The command began filling most vacancies as temporary or term in December 2014.
Training and Doctrine Command's mandate to USAREC to cut its civilian payroll by almost $6 million over the next two years was the driving force behind this reduction, according to Chuck Henderson, chief of Manpower and Force Development, USAREC G-4/8.
"We had to look at staff functionality throughout our organizations to determine those deemed mission critical and needing to be retained versus those which were candidates for transformation" Henderson said. "We greatly considered functions which could be consolidated and/or realigned in order to have the least impact on the civilian workforce. Positions throughout the command were considered for consolidation, realignment and elimination. "
USAREC G1 CPMD and servicing CPACs are working together to answer employees' questions, keep them informed throughout the initiative, and advise them based on their individual situations.
- Employees must ensure they are aware of their CPAC POC for this initiative.
- Employees need to review and update their electronic personnel file.
- Employees need to ensure they have an updated resume.
- Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers (CPACs) will run mock RIFs, and notify employees and leadership of the results.
- USAREC vacancies will be reviewed for possible placement and CPACs will determine employee qualifications for the position. USAREC placement opportunities willbe coordinated with leadership.
- CG approves modifying and waiving of qualifications, where possible.
- Employees may apply for the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and/or the Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay under the open window, Jan. 15-29, 2016.
- CPACs will register interested employees who are eligible for early DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP).
Snow said every Soldier, civilian and contractor who works for USAREC is part of the team.
- Jan. 15–29, 2016: VERA/VSIP window opened
- Feb. 16: CPACs conduct mock RIFs
- ASAP after mock RIF: Early PPP registration
- April 30: Employees approved for VERA/VSIP must be off USAREC rolls
- NLT mid July 2016: 60-day RIF notice issued
- Upon receipt of RIF Notice: Mandatory PPP registration
- Sept. 30 2016: Effective date of RIF separations
"I care about each member of that team," he said. "I want you to know, it is personal for me when anybody on the team is negatively impacted. I think the civilians offer a lot of depth to our organization. I am committed to taking care of our civilians to the best of my ability."
For more information, contact the appropriate USAREC G1 CPMD POCs below or the servicing CPAC POC, as provided on slides 61-66 at https://youtu.be/kF_rKCejg0U.