FORT HOOD (February 13, 2013)--The Department of Defense plans to reduce its civilian workforce by 30% over the next decade, and Fort Hood’s Garrison Command Group is already feeling the effects.
At a town hall meeting Wednesday for the Garrison Command Group, the focus was on how the workforce reduction will affect jobs on post.
Garrison Command jobs fall into two categories, authorized and excessive.
Examples of authorized jobs are firefighters, security guards and air traffic controllers, and they are exempt from cuts for the most part.
The jobs classified as excessive, such as the civilian police officers and human resources positions, are those most likely to be cut.
Deputy Garrison Commander Andy Bird said some of the changes are already apparent, as uniformed soldiers fill positions once occupied by civilians.
The cuts started last October.
Sixty jobs have been shed so far, but Fort Hood still needs to cut another 120 by September.
"I equate it to a restaurant," Bird said.
"When we started, there were four waiters and four tables...now we're about eight tables and about three waiters."
Those whose jobs may be on the line are encouraged to talk to their supervisors, update their resumes and evaluate their skills.
The numbers presented Wednesday could be even worse come March 1 if Congress doesn’t pass or extend the federal budget and automatic cuts begin.