The Army no longer will allow some soldiers to retire before the 20-year mark. Stars and Stripes reported Dec. 28 that Army Secretary Mark Esper has decided to end the service’s Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or TERA, program.

Under TERA, some soldiers who had served between 15 and 20 years were granted retirement status. Esper’s decision to end TERA, which had been in place since 2012, is tied to the Trump administration’s plan to increase active-duty strength to roughly 483,500 soldiers by September. Some soldiers still could qualify for TERA. They would have to submit their applications through their chain of command by Jan. 15, and will learn their fate by the end of February. Those selected for TERA would have to leave the Army by Sept. 1.

Upcoming Deployments Announced:

The Fort Carson, Colo.-based 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will deploy to Afghanistan this spring, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The unit will replace the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, which would return to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.