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An analysis of joint officer management from the demand side to assist in a response to a congressional directive to review joint billets and joint duty assignments. The goal of the demand-side research was to recommend a procedure for identifying the joint content of positions and to examine the implications of applying the procedure to generate a new Joint Duty Assignment List. The researchers found from analysis of survey data that joint content can be adequately measured by using a combination of Joint Time and Joint Function and an algorithm was developed to rank-order the positions. The size of a list can then be cut to the desired number of positions the services can support. The authors recommend changing policy to allow O-3 positions to qualify for joint credit. They further suggest changes to the Goldwater-Nichols legislation to allow in-service billets for grades O-4 to O-6 and to use a specific methodology to identify critical billets. A companion report will describe the results and recommendations of the supply-side analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Conducting the Demand-Side Analysis

  • Chapter Three

    Implications of Applying the Joint Time/Joint Function Algorithm

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Overview of Goldwater-Nichols

  • Appendix B

    Survey Questionnaire

  • Appendix C

    Detailed Results from the Group Sessions

  • Appendix D

    Results of Responses to the Survey's Opinion Questions

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