QSP starts identifying NCOs for involuntary separation April 1

Jan. 27, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Army’s Qualitative Service Program starts identifying noncommissioned officers for involuntary early separation from active duty April 1.

The QSP is a series of centralized enlisted selection board processes designed to support the Army Leader Development Strategy and retain the highest quality NCOs who display the greatest potential for continued service while satisfying mandated force structure requirements.

Selection for involuntary early separation is based on a NCO’s performance of duty and potential for future contributions to the Army. The series of boards used for selections are:

1. Qualitative Management Program board (Army Regulation 635-200, Chapter 19): The QMP board will consider senior NCOs, sergeants first class through sergeants major, for denial of continued service when their performance, conduct and potential for advancement may not meet Army standards.

2. Over-Strength Qualitative Service Program board (AR 635-200, paragraph 16-7): The OS-QSP board will consider NCOs, staff sergeants through sergeants major, for denial of continued service in select military occupational specialties and skill levels that have 12-month operating strength projections that exceed 100 percent.

3. Promotion Stagnation Qualitative Service Program board (AR 635-200, paragraph 16-7): The PS-QSP board will consider NCOs, staff sergeants through sergeants major, for denial of continued service that are in MOSs and skill levels with promotion stagnation. Promotion stagnation is when promotion pin-on rates, as measured in years of service, exceed the desired Army average.

Like the OS-QSP board, NCOs selected by the PS-QSP board may seek voluntary reclassification into a shortage MOS. The request must be initiated and approved within 30 days, with a school start date within six months or separation orders will be issued.

This initiative stems from an ongoing Army effort to review personnel policies, align the force by MOS and skill level, achieve mandated end-strength requirements, ensure application of the ALDS, and retain Soldiers with the greatest potential for future contributions to the Army.


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