Fort Hood Garrison Commander required to cut jobs by the end of FY 2018

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:20:13-04

Fort Hood is one of six military installations across the country that have to cut down on Army civilian jobs.

Garrison Commander Colonel Hank Perry held a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the reduction in force, or RIF, that Fort Hood has been charged with. 

In 2016, the garrison had 190 over-hires, but thanks to lateral position moves, early retirement opportunities, and a placement program, that number has dropped to 29.

But, those 29 positions will be cut by the end of September in order for the post to meet the mandated workforce level. 

The reduction process will begin in just 11 days on July 2nd, and those affected will receive notices July 16th.

"It's important that we do everything we can to be transparent, to ensure that our employees know that we're trying to provide options, provide opportunities, and just to bring it all to the table as we have this difficult discussion," Col. Hank Perry, Garrison Commander of Fort Hood, said. 

The 29 people who will lose their jobs have options to ease the transition. One option being the choice to move to a lower ranking position, if it's available and retain their pay for two years.

Fort Hood held a mock reduction back in March to give the more than 1,000 garrison civilian employees on post an idea of what to expect based on the RIF five retention factors.

Those factors are:

  1. Rating of Record
  2. Tenure
  3. Average Score
  4. Veteran's Preference
  5. Employee's Service Computation Date 

The final town hall regarding the upcoming reduction in force is Friday at 2 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at the III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters. 

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