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Okla. Army Post to Use Incentives to Ease Cuts (Dec 09, 2011)

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Officials at Fort Sill they're hoping voluntary incentives will help them ease anticipated cuts to its civilian employee ranks at the Lawton Army post.

The U.S. Army announced Thursday it plans to reduce its non-military workforce by more than 8,700 positions by Sept. 30.

In a news release, Fort Sill officials say they'll use voluntary early retirement, voluntary separation incentive pay and other methods to deal with the reduction. Officials say until those programs have been offered they won't know how many positions will be affected.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said 176 Army civilian employee positions will be eliminated at Fort Sill, which according to its website has 2,989 civilian workers.

Army officials says 37 states will be affected by the reductions.


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