Army approves exemption request for 75 child care workers at 2 posts

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Army approves exemption request for 75 child care workers at 2 posts

by: Jennifer H. Svan | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 24, 2017

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Two Army posts facing a shortage of child care workers due to the federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump have received approval to hire for 75 open positions, Army officials said Thursday.

U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Knox, Ky., was given approval to hire 56 employees, and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden can hire for 19 positions, said Bill Costlow, spokesman for the Army’s Installation Management Command.

Officials said they did not know when child care services might be restored to former levels since the hiring process can take some time.

Most of the positions at both bases are child and youth program assistants, according to the exemption request approved and signed by Acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer, on Wednesday.

Other positions include cooks, custodial workers, youth program instructors and administrative support assistants. All positions fall under the Army’s Child and Youth Services program, or CYS.

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