Army Directive 2016-19 (Retaining a Quality Noncommissioned Officer Corps) includes changes the Bar to the Continued Service Program, the NCO Career Status Program, and Retention Control Point System. Under the Bar to Continued Service program, all enlisted ranks in the active and Reserve components can receive notice that they must improve their performance or face separation from service. Also, Soldiers who wish to reenlist under the NCO Career Status Program must wait until their 12th year of service to apply. The directive also reduces the years senior NCOs can stay in the Army. The changes take effect Oct. 1. Soldiers seeking more information on these upcoming changes should contact their unit career counselors.
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