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Making Sense of Stop-Loss and Stop-Movement

Making Sense of Stop-Loss and Stop-Movement

Source: By Jim Tice for the Army Times, December 8, 2003

The Army reinstated Stop-loss and Stop-movement on November 13 of this year.  Under this new order, Stop-loss and Stop-movement begins at 90 days prior to a unit deployment date and extends until 90 days after a unit returns to home station.

·         A Soldier serving in a unit deploying and with re-enlistment assignments, unless selected for reclassification training and in the Bonus Extension Retraining program must stay with the unit for an additional 90 days after the unit returns to home station

·         Soldiers heading for primary, basic or advanced courses will go to the school before or after deployment, but not while deployed.

·         Individual Soldiers who are in a stop-loss status retain eligibility for promotion or schooling opportunities.

·         Soldiers with a mandatory retirement date with 30 years in service or who have reached age 55 will retire on schedule.

·         Soldiers who are command sergeant majors will have their assignments examined on a case-by-case basis.

·         Commissioned and warrant officers in units selected to deploy will stay with the unit and receive a new rotation date after the deployment.

·         Officers twice passed over for promotion but who declined retention will be included in stop-loss.

·         Passed over officers who have not been offered Selective Continuation will be separated or retired as appropriate on schedule.

·         Officers who must retire because of age or length of time in service will come back o their duty station 90 days before separation to out-process and go through ACAP.

·         Lieutenants and captains affected by stop-loss or stop-movement cannot leave early under the National Guard Combat Reform Initiative Program.

There are a few exceptions, if a Soldier is on reassignment to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, special operation accession class, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Officer Candidate School or Army Medical classes and schools, these provisions will not prevent reassignment.

          Officers in deployed units selected for command of non-deployed units will still take command.  Commanders in a deployed unit will remain in command for the duration of the deployment.

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