The military is getting ready to get rid of a lot of employees, with a new rule that will make it harder to fire people for things that don’t happen.
The new rule is aimed at helping the military find new ways to recruit new employees and keep its ranks filled as it works to trim its bloated force and fight chronic unemployment.
“If you can’t find a new position because you can find someone who has done the job well, then the best thing to do is to find a replacement,” said Lt.
Col. Michael O’Donnell, the commandant of the Army National Guard.
The move comes as the Army prepares to make the hiring of more than 300,000 more civilian employees the centerpiece of a sweeping restructuring of the military that has drawn criticism from lawmakers and the military’s veterans community.
Under the new rule, the Army would have to seek approval from a board of independent evaluators, or an outside body, before firing someone.
Those reviews would include an assessment of whether the employee has shown the ability to perform a specific job.
The board would have two years to make a recommendation, and the board would decide whether to recommend firing.
It is unclear how many employees the Army is looking for, but the number is expected to grow as the military struggles with the growing threat of terrorist attacks and an ongoing economic downturn.
The board will have an additional 30 days to make its recommendation to the commander, who would then make a final decision on whether to fire.
The military has been under pressure to find new jobs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which left thousands of Americans dead and forced the military to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.
The military has also been facing growing pressure to cut costs amid the recession and the war in Afghanistan.
Some service members say they are underpaid, while others say they receive less pay for the same work.
The Pentagon’s budget for fiscal 2018 is expected in the tens of billions of dollars, but it is likely to be lower than some previous years because of a $50 billion cost-saving initiative that included a major cut to the Army’s pay and benefits.