Reserve Component General and Flag Officer Requirements
Oct 14, 2016
Increased use of the reserve component, particularly since September 11, 2001, and an expectation that this role will continue and possibly increase in the future has renewed interest in the question of the appropriate number of reserve component general and flag officers (RC G/FOs). RAND researchers conducted a review of requirements and authorized strength for RC G/FOs.
A Review of Requirements and Authorized Strength
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Increased use of the reserve component, particularly since September 11, 2001, and an expectation that this role will continue and possibly increase in the future has renewed interest in the question of the appropriate number of reserve component general and flag officers (RC G/FOs). RAND researchers conducted a review of requirements and authorized strength for RC G/FOs and determined that the services are working within the statutory limits and have relatively solid requirements processes, have a sufficient number of general and flag officers to meet mission requirements, and are able to provide ample opportunity to develop future officers. After examining the validity of current RC G/FO positions, a small number of candidate positions were identified that could, after review by the services, be considered for downgrading or elimination, but the vast majority of positions are well justified.
Statutory Authority for General and Flag Officers
Managing Requirements, Authorizations, and Authorized Strength
Review of General and Flag Officer Positions
Considering Development in Setting Requirements
Key Statutory Provisions
Subject-Matter Expert Interview Participants and Protocol
LMI Validation Factors
RAND Data Collection Protocol: Instrument
RAND Data Collection Protocol: Development, Deployment, and Coding
Results of a More Stringent Analysis of RC G/FO Requirements
Empirical Analysis of Development Aspects of RC G/FO Positions
This research was sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. It was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.
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