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Where Have all the CPTs Gone?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In the Fall of 2007, the Army developed a program to retain company-grade officers. The Critical Skills Retention Bonus CSRB provided five different options to each captain with a Date of Rank between April 2002 and November 2007 in exchange for three additional years of service of active duty. The 2007 CSRB offered to U.S. Army captains will not achieve the desired effects because it does not address the current concerns among the majority of junior officers. Neither the monetary amount nor benefits offered are enough to change minds, and the amount of fine print makes it less palatable to choose an option aside from the money. At this time, the results are all that can be studied. Of the 18,000 eligible officers offered the bonus, the target was 85 percent retention. As of December 10, 5 days prior to deadline, the results were not as good as the Army had planned. Only 9,500 had signed up 52 percent. Of those, all but 600 took the money. The shortage of junior officers will continue as long as the Army continues to ignore the facts above and offer less thoughtful programs designed at retention. This could have drastic effects both for the military and for the future defense of our country.
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