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In addition to filling their own ranks, the military services must assign people to outside organizations. Many in the services believe that these external requirements are increasing and are concerned about the consequences. The work reported here identified external billets, explored how requirements are determined and validated, and examined the Navy's ability to meet these requirements as well as other needs. Focusing on billets that appear on the Joint Duty Assignment List, the authors examined the effects of recent changes, the processes used to determine staffing, and the costs of certain types of staffing. Among the recommendations that emerged from this work were that the Navy should define its own perspective on joint duty billets and other external assignments and reconcile this perspective with officer career paths; and, as long as the joint billets that specify aviation and submarine designators provide enough of these kinds of officers with joint experience, fill unrestricted billets mainly with surface warfare officers and officers with other less-expensive designators.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Determining and Validating External Naval Officer Requirements

  • Chapter Three

    Joint Duty Assignments

  • Chapter Four

    Managing Naval Officers in Outside-Navy Billets

  • Chapter Five

    The Navy's Ability to Satisfy Jdal Requirements

  • Chapter Six

    Concluding Observations and Recommendations

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