Army Review White Paper

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    See Distribution Reference: G/STC/04Date: 1 January 2006


    A. Army Review White Paper

    1. As a result of Government proposals for reductions and budget cuts the MOD has developed a programme to reduce the number of active duty personnel. This programme is currently in a test phase and will be effective Army-wide from 31 Jan 2007.

    2. Under this new programme older soldiers will be asked to take early retirement, thus permitting the retention of younger soldiers who represent the future of the Army. This programme is designed to phase out the older soldier by the end of the fiscal year. This initial phase of the programme will be known as the Solders Late-Aged Programme (SLAP).

    3. Soldiers who have been SLAPPED will be given the opportunity to look for future employment prior to leaving the army. SLAPPED soldiers can request a copy of their personal records before actual retirement takes place. This phase of the programme will be known as the Survey of Capabilities of Retired Early Workers (SCREW).

    4. Soldiers who have been SLAPPED and/or SCREWED may file an appeal through their chain of command with the final authority being granted by their Commanding Officer. This will be known as a Study by Higher Authority Following Termination (SHAFT).

    5. Under the terms of the new policy a soldier may be SLAPPED once, SCREWED twice but may be SHAFTED as many times as the Army deems appropriate.

    6. If a soldier follows the above procedures, he/she will be entitled to get Half Earnings for Retired Personnel ‘s Early Severance (HERPES), or a Combined Lump-sum Assistance Payment (CLAP). The only exceptions to this are soldiers who may have Additional Income from Dependants (AIDS).

    7. Under the terms of this programme any soldier who has received HERPES, CLAP or AIDS will no longer be SLAPPED or SCREWED by the Army.

    8. The Army wishes to assure the younger soldiers who remain in the Army that its policy of training will continue through its Special High Intensity Training (SHIT) package. The Army takes great pride in the amount of SHIT its soldiers receive. The Army has given its soldiers more SHIT than any other service. If any soldier feels they do not receive enough SHIT within their present employment they are to contact their OC immediately. All Army Officers are specially trained to make sure that their soldiers receive as much SHIT as possible during their career.

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