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This report is a follow-on to MR-470-OSD, Future Career Management Systems for U.S. Military Officers, 1994. The earlier study determined a range of likely future officer requirements and a number of alternative career management systems. It did not attempt to define a "best" system because it lacked the objectives component — what the system was to accomplish. The current report does design a "best" officer career system, defined as one that most fully satisfies 11 ranked objectives determined by a process that included interviews with a group of senior military and civilian officials. The authors describe the process used to determine the objectives of the career management system and the weights accorded those objectives by policymakers. They then illustrate how the methodology is used and present the career management system that results for line officers. A sensitivity analysis and six appendices are included.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Purpose of This Study, Methodology, and Organization

  • Chapter Three

    Personnel Functions, Aspects, and Alternatives

  • Chapter Four

    Objectives of the Officer Career Management System

  • Chapter Five

    Linking Alternatives to Objectives: Evaluation Measures

  • Chapter Six

    Deriving an Officer Career Management System

  • Chapter Seven

    Concluding Observations

  • Appendix A

    Interview Vehicle

  • Appendix B

    Example of Determining an Aspect

  • Appendix C

    Single-Value Functions

  • Appendix D

    Sensitivity Analysis

  • Appendix E

    Feasibility of Supply

  • Appendix F

    Other Skill Groups

This research was conducted within RAND's National Defense Research Institute.

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