The military can begin immediately offboarding service members who have not been deployable for the past year.
To combat the Army’s nondeployability problem, the service wants to add deployment pay and cut tuition assistance for non-deployable soldiers.
Top officials in two military branches say a yearlong continuing resolution would stop civilian hiring and flying hours.
Pentagon said exemptions to President Donald Trump’s 90-day hiring freeze were not necessarily a resolution for civilian Defense employees, as some agencies are still waiting for guidance on how to implement the provisions.
The second highest-ranking officers from each of the military services told Congress on Tuesday that they’d welcome a short-term cash infusion along the lines that the President and Defense secretary have directed the military services to propose as add-ons to the 2017 budget in order to bring the armed forces to a higher level of readiness.
The National Guard is trying to ease the transition for troops and businesses as it increases training days for some units.
The Army fired 121 soldiers between January and June 2016, a sharp decline compared to the last half of 2015, when the Army released nearly 500 soldiers from its ranks.
The Army has 100,000 non-deployable troops, mostly due to medical reasons, Vice Army Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn says only 10,000 will be eligible to fight again.
The Army is tightening retention policy, which will lead to 3,000 noncommissioned officers leaving the service. A new directive returns retention control points to their pre-2007 levels. The soldiers are forced to retire or go to the reserve or National Guard components.
The Army is cutting more experienced soldiers to reach 450,000 active duty troops by 2018.