Qualitative Management Program Notification
An Army Non-Commissioned Officer in the rank and grade of Sergeant First Class (SFC) received notification that he was being considered for involuntary denial of continued active duty service under the Qualitative Management Program (QMP). The bases for the QMP notice were a record of non-judicial punishment pursuant to Article 15, UCMJ and (2) a related, Relief for Cause Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER). These adverse actions stemmed from the Soldier’s my failure to stop Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to which he was not entitled for eight (8) months causing accrual of a debt to the government of $14,181.00. The NCO fully accepted responsibility for this oversight and repaid the debt in full. His actions were due to negligence for failing to ensure the BAH stopped in accordance with the standards of the Army Leased Housing Program. It was not done maliciously or with the intent to defraud or steal from the government. The NCO took initial measures to stop BAH when he first entered the Army Leased Housing Program. After noticing that his S-1 or unit personnel officer failed to stop BAH the following month, the NCO assumed it would take additional time and that the Army would recoup the money in the future. During the following months, unexpected developments and obstacles developed in the Soldier’s personal and professional lives causing him to lose track of this issue. Once the debt accrued, the issue resurfaced resulting in the Article 15 and referred NCOER. The NCO retained Attorney John L. Calcagni to assist him with responding to or rebutting the QMP notification. Based on the written submissions on the Soldier’s behalf, this NCO was retained for continued active duty service and will now be afforded the opportunity to finish serving in order to receive his military retirement.