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I am only supposed to be overseas for 24 months. How do I get my DEROS curtailed?

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As a former assignment manager at HRC, I don’t understand why they won’t change your DEROS.

You might consider the following:

  1. Contact your assignment manager and see they are willing to assist you in curtailing your DEROS. If so find out what the 4187 needs to specifically say to improve the chances of approval. Cite the regulations as well. It would be good to have a letter from your unit and battalion commander supporting the curtailment and citing that your 36 month assignment is in violation of regulation.

  1. If that does not work consider having your battalion and/or brigade command team contact the Branch Manager (0-5) and/or the SGM of the Branch as they can override decision made by the assignment manager.


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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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