Force Reduction Boards

What are they?

In recent years the military has used many tools to reduce its number of servicemembers. These tools go by a variety of names (Qualitative Management Program, Officer Selection Program, Reduction in Force Boards, Quality Force Review Boards, Force Shaping Board, etc). Each of these programs are going to vary slightly; however, generally, servicemembers are selected to be separated or retired from the service involuntarily after a review of their personnel files. Servicemembers are generally given an opportunity to respond in an attempt to stay in the service.  The assistance of an experienced Attorney can make all the difference.

Why Representation Matters

Writing responses to these selection boards is a skill. The response must be written well, appropriately address the underlying reason for selection, and give the issuing authority a picture of the servicemember as a whole. Outside evidence and letters of recommendation can be powerful. An experienced attorney’s assistance is vital to success.

Servicemembers will have military counsel (public defenders) available to assist them with their response. The attorneys assigned to assist servicemembers in responding to these selection boards are generally very new to the service. Often times it is their first assignment in the JAG Corps.

Servicemembers have the option to hire their own civilian counsel. Hiring an experienced attorney greatly increases your chances of success.

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