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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Streamlining Prompts Army to Disestablish Accessions Command

  • April 21, 2011
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U.S. Army Accessions Command, the activity responsible for recruiting the service’s officer and enlisted ranks, will be inactivated as a result of efficiency reviews conducted by the Army and DOD.

Over the next year to 18 months, the Accessions Command inactivation is expected to create economic savings through manpower reductions, including the elimination of two general officer and 65 other military positions, about 130 civilian positions, and 290 contractor man-years, Army News Service reported this week.

The implementation plan for inactivating the command is expected to take 12 to 18 months, and is intended to ensure the activity’s orderly shutdown and the adequate reorganization of its components.

The action includes five decisions:

  • Inactivating Army Accessions Command
  • Realigning Army Recruiting Command and Cadet Command under the Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Continuing to align Human Resources Command under the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1
  • Establishing an Army Marketing and Research Group in Washington, D.C.
  • Retaining the Accessions Support Brigade at Fort Knox, Ky.

This action is not related to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure reduction-in-force notices being given to Armor Center and School civilian employees at Fort Knox, officials said.

Accessions Command was activated at Fort Monroe, Va., in February 2002. It was originally chartered to better align accessioning and initial-entry training by subordinating Recruiting Command, Cadet Command and Initial Entry Training organizations under a single headquarters. The Initial Entry Training organizations were removed from Accessions Command after a few years.

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