Nearly one-fifth of the 4,000 Regular Army captains screened by retention boards that met in September are being put on notice they will be involuntarily separated or retired later this year.
The 740 affected officers, all captains of the Army Competitive Category, Nurse Corps and Medical Service Corps, will be notified between now and Feb. 25 of their pending release by a general officer or other senior leader in their chain of command.
Separations and retirements will occur not later than Dec. 1, and will contribute to the end-strength reductions slated for fiscal 2016 and 2017.
Look, I understand that service, particularly commissioned service, is not a guaranteed lifetime employment.
But I am afraid we're going to find ourselves short of Majors, and consequently Lieutenant Colonels in a few years.
And while this board theoretically screens the bottom 20%, it also usually has the effect of creaming off a good portion of the top 10%.
Sharp guys with options look at the way the Army treats people, and subsequently vote with their feet.