Enlisted Personnel Management

A Historical Perspective

by Sheila Nataraj Kirby, Harry J. Thie


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Enlisted force management is concerned with meeting national military manpower requirements with the nation's citizens. It attempts to balance the demand for enlisted personnel, as determined by the requirements process, with the supply of enlisted personnel, in a cost-effective manner. This report presents a historical view of enlisted force management, from two perspectives. First, it provides a chronological account of how external influences have shaped enlisted force management and the evolution of enlisted management practices. Second, it describes some recurring themes that run through the history of the enlisted force: quality, specialization, integration, separation, and compensation.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    A Current Profile of the Enlisted Force

  • Chapter Three

    Emerging Enlisted Management Policies: the Response to External Influences

  • Chapter Four

    Managing the Enlisted Force: Manpower Requirements and Personnel Policies

  • Chapter Five

    Quality of the Armed Forces

  • Chapter Six

    Specialization in the Armed Forces

  • Chapter Seven

    Integration in the Military

  • Chapter Eight

    Managing Losses from the Armed Forces

  • Chapter Nine

    Military Compensation

  • Chapter Ten

    Conclusions and Future Issues

  • Appendix

    Data/Figures by Service

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