KENTUCKY (1/23/12) – The U.S. Army will reduce its manpower by approximately 25% over the next few months. With three brigades of helicopters, Ft. Campbell will be hit especially hard in numbers of military personnel.
This Reduction in Force (RIF) has already begun with the post out-processing 300 – 500 brave Army personnel each month. This information came from Harold Riggins who is Transition Service Manager for the Post. Riggins is charged with helping connect the outgoing personnel with employers. Riggins, addressing the Madisonville Area Manufacturing Association, said that with over 300 career fields and the discipline that military service brings, these personnel make excellent hiring opportunities for civilian employers.
One of the problems is that all those career fields use codes and terminology unfamiliar to the civilian work classifications. To meet this need, the Army has created COOL (Credentialing Opportunities Online) to explain how Army Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSS). Riggins also points out that military personnel are comfortable with technology and have leadership training often missing in the civilian workforce.
Riggins said that the cuts are not exclusive to the Army. The US Air Force is to release 3,000 pilots and other support personnel. Other branches will see similar reductions. Total Army reductions will range from 49,000 to 155,000. Current unemployment of veterans is 12.1% compared to 8.5 percent for the population as a whole.
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