As our Army begins to take the necessary steps required to drawdown to a 490,000 Active Duty end strength, we must do so in a thoughtful manner while maintaining our readiness. One of the first actions we must take to shape the officer corps for the future is the Selective Early Retirement Board (SERB). We will execute the SERB with precision yet care and compassion toward our transitioning personnel knowing that the Army will retire some great Americans who’ve rendered quality service to their nation.
Putting this SERB into action is an integral part of the Army drawdown plan. The board will consider regular Army lieutenant colonels who were not selected for promotion to the grade of colonel two or more times as of the Fiscal Year 2012 Colonel Army Promotion Selection Board and colonels with a date of rank of Aug. 1, 2008, or earlier – those with five or more years time in grade.
Officers who meet the criteria for consideration by the SERB are encouraged to discuss their options with immediate supervisors, mentors, human resources managers, assignment officers and their Families as soon as possible.
The SERB will select up to 30 percent of those officers eligible in each grade and competitive category for involuntary retirement. Each SERB-eligible officer will receive face to face notification from their first-line general officer within their chain-of-command. Officers in the considered population may apply for voluntary retirement up to July 8, 2013. Applying by this deadline will afford SERB-eligible officers the opportunity to have up to 18 months for transition preparation rather than the less than seven months allowed by law for those officers selected by the SERB.
Requests for voluntary retirement must be received by U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) or Senior Leader Development (SLD) office not later than July 8, 2013, but officers may request a retirement date as late as Sept. 30, 2014. Officers with an approved voluntary retirement request by the convene date of the board will be removed from consideration. Army Transition Program personnel are available to aid in easing the separation process for those transitioning from Active Duty service.
In early April, the HRC will publish a military personnel message, outlining the details of the SERB. It will include a timeline that shows officers the timeline for voluntary retirement and the timeline for SERB selected officers.
We will do all we can to ensure complete information is available for all impacted officers allowing them to make a timely decision and in honor of these men and women who have served full careers in our Army and for our nation.
Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg Army Deputy Chief Staff for Personnel
For information on applying for voluntary retirement pertaining to lieutenant colonels, click here.
For information on applying for voluntary retirement pertaining to colonels, click here.
Additional transition information is available from the Retirement Services Office (RSO) website, click here.