This research brief describes work documented in Future Career Management Systems for U.S. Military Officers (MR-470-OSD).

Excerpt: In recent years, the military and its officer requirements have changed rapidly. In the early 1980s, active forces and, consequently, the officer corps expanded; after the fall of the Berlin Wall, both were cut. The existing officer management system did not handle well either growth or reduction. To accomplish the latter, Congress had to authorize temporary measures that voided major tenets of the existing management system, such as those dealing with career tenure. Clearly neither the existing system nor the temporary measures are adequate for future officer management.

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