Career counselors are urging Soldiers to read the changes to the Army enlisted force retention program, re-class and initial entry requirements that took effect in 2016 under Army Directive (AD) 2016-19. All enlisted ranks in the active and Reserve components can be notified of punitive separation due to performance issues. In the NCO Career Status Program, the application date has been moved to a Soldier's 12th year of service. Also, when Soldiers re-class or recruits enter the Army they will have to take an occupational physical assessment test that determines if they are able to handle the physical demands of various career fields.
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