Armed Forces News

Soldiers who hope to become recruiters, drill sergeants, officers and sexual-assault counselors will have to pass a significantly tightened muster.
Under a Nov. 8 memorandum signed by Army Secretary Mark T. Esper, both active-duty and reserve-component soldiers would face “centralized” or “localized” screenings to determine if they have any “adverse information” in their records that would render them unworthy of these leadership positions. Soldiers who do not meet the new criteria could face reassignment, reclassification, suspension or removal from duties. They also could be subject to new reviews within three years.