Retention control points to change for enlisted Soldiers

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
February 25, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany --

New retention control points will take effect June 1, 2011. RCPs are the maximum years of active service authorized for Regular Army and Active Guard Reserve enlisted Soldiers at each rank.

For example, sergeants are allowed to serve 15 years under the current RCPs, but they will be allowed to serve only 13 years under the new RCPs.

Soldiers may perform active service up to their RCP or age 62 for Regular Army and Army Reserve and age 60 for National Guard, whichever occurs first. Soldiers may not exceed their RCP by more than one month.

Current RCP November 1, 2008:

Rank Total active service in years
Private through private first class   8
Corporal and specialist  10
Corporal and specialist (promotable)   15
Sergeant 15
Sergeant (promotable)  20
Staff sergeant 23
Staff sergeant (promotable)  26
Sergeant first class 26
Sergeant first class (promotable)  29
First Sergeant and master sergeant    29
First sergeant and master sergeant (promotable)    32
Command sergeant major and sergeant major    32
   
New RCP June 1, 2011:  
   
Rank      Total active service in years
Private through private first class  5
Corporal and specialist 8
Corporal and specialist (promotable) 12
Sergeant 13
Sergeant (promotable) 15
Staff sergeant 20
Staff sergeant (promotable)  26
Sergeant first class   26
Sergeant first class (promotable) 29
First Sergeant and master sergeant 29
First sergeant and master sergeant (promotable)  32
Command sergeant major and sergeant major 32

For questions about retention control points contact a career counselor.