This research brief describes work documented in Who Is Joint? Reevaluating the Joint Duty Assignment List (MR-574-JS), How Many Can Be Joint? Supporting Joint Duty Assignments (MR-593-JS) and Identifying and Supporting Joint Duty Assignments: Executive Summary (MR-622-JS).

Excerpt: The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 (G-N) directed a broad range of organizational and functional changes to improve the ability of the military Services to carry out successful joint operations. However, from the act's initial implementation, there have been concerns about its broad-brush approach for determining who should be included on the Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL). For example, 100 percent of the positions in some organizations (like the Joint Staff) were included, whereas those in the defense agencies were limited to 50 percent. The act also prohibited in-Service positions from receiving joint credit. In addition, DoD policy limits joint duty consideration to grade of O-4 and above.

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