Edmonds Military Wire: Work for the Army? You may get a pink slip

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By Michael Schindler

Studies show that more than one quarter of our work force is employed by some form of government, whether federal, state or local. Historically, those types of jobs have been the recipients of guaranteed pay raises and a safe harbor in a bad economy. Not so much anymore.

The Department of Army announced that it is moving forward with plans to reduce the size of its civilian employee workforce. In July, the Army announced a planned reduction of approximately 8,700 positions by Sept. 20, 2012.

These cuts are based on Department of Defense resource decisions as reflected in the fiscal 2012 President’s Budget and require a reduction of Army civilian employees to comply with decreased funding levels.

The Army has identified 70 different locations affected by these reductions across eight commands and agencies, with nearly 90 percent of the cuts affecting Installation Management Command, Army Materiel Command, and Training and Doctrine Command.

While most will agree that cuts need to happen, the divide comes as to where the cuts will be applied: family services.
In a time when the military is seeing an increase in suicide, domestic violence and divorce, some of those programs will be experiencing some of the deepest cuts (all but suicide).

Now may be the time to consider job retraining.

You can read more about these cuts here.

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”  He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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