Impact of Civilian Cuts Varies across Army Installations
Most Army posts will lose between 50 and 450 civilian positions by October 2012, according to published reports about the Army’s plan to trim 8,700 civilian jobs to cope with a drop in funding for fiscal 2012.
Last week, Fort Knox officials said the Kentucky post would lose about 130 positions from the garrison workforce, reported the News-Enterprise. The officials emphasized, however, that the installation will search for ways to eliminate positions without laying off workers.
“We’re not getting rid of jobs at this point, we’re getting rid of positions,” a spokesman for the post told the paper.
That point was echoed across Army posts following the Army’s Dec. 8 announcement, with officials pointing to early retirement, voluntary separation, normal attrition and a hiring freeze as the primary strategy to trim the number of positions.
“We will cut positions from our staff but we are going to do everything we can to keep people who are employed here who want to stay employed,” a spokesman for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., told the Ledger-Enquirer last month. The post said it would need to eliminate 250 jobs to comply with the Army-wide staffing reduction.
At Fort Bragg, N.C., 431 civilian positions must go, with 294 coming from the installation’s garrison and the remainder from Forces Command and Army Materiel Command, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Army Materiel Command, along with Installation Management Command and Training and Doctrine Command, are slated to suffer 90 percent of the civilian cuts across the service.
Fort Stewart, Ga., needs to shrink by 340 civilian positions, reported the Fort Stewart Patch. Fort Wainwright, Alaska, will need to eliminate 62 slots, according to the Daily News-Miner.
Previously, 360 reported the following reductions in civilian positions through Sept. 30, 2012:
- Redstone Arsenal, Ala., 450 positions;
- Fort Bliss, Texas, 192 positions;
- Ft. Sill, Okla., 176 positions; and
- Fort Carson, Colo., 77 positions.