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Researchers developed a new framework to evaluate options for expanding lateral entry of non-prior-service personnel into enlisted, active-duty military occupations. The framework links goals of lateral entry with program design features. An exclusive focus on the goal of reducing training costs led the authors to recommend an alternative, namely that DoD explore options for increased lateral entry of prior-service personnel, both active and reserve. Emphasis on other goals, such as introducing new or higher experience levels into the enlisted force, could lead to different conclusions.

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