IMCOM to Suffer Significant Share of Army’s Civilian Workforce Cuts
Three Army commands, including Installation Management Command, will bear the brunt of the service’s plan to trim its civilian workforce by 8,700 positions by October 2012 so that it can comply with lower funding levels in the current fiscal year.
IMCOM, along with Army Materiel Command and Training and Doctrine Command, will endure 90 percent of the cuts, the Army said Thursday. In all, the Army identified 70 locations affected by the cuts across eight commands and agencies. Officials said 37 states will be affected by the reductions with the majority of personnel cuts occurring in states with the largest military and Army civilian populations.
Commanders are expected to use all available options to carry out the reductions, including voluntary early retirements and voluntary separation incentive payments. “To the maximum extent possible, the Army will rely on voluntary departures to achieve these manpower reductions,” said Thomas Lamont, assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.
Separately, the Marine Corps plans to reduce troops rather than spending on weapons programs as it tries to meet its share of budget cuts over the coming decade, the Hill newspaper reported.