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Several recent studies, including a study authorized under the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act, have indicated the need for the Department of Defense (DoD) to update the practice, policy, and law applied to Joint Officer Management (JOM) and Joint Professional Military Education. In 2003, DoD asked the RAND Corporation to undertake an analysis that would provide guidance on officer training and development in joint matters. This work builds on that earlier effort. As a lead-in to this study, the 2005 Joint Officer Management Census survey polled officers serving in billets that were likely to require joint experience or joint education or provide such experience. More than 21,000 survey responses were collected. This report examines the extent to which officers believe their jobs provide them with joint experience or require them to have had prior joint education, training, or experience, and it examines how respondents’ answers differ across organizations and military services in which the billets are located. This report provides a comprehensive reference source for the JOM survey data and demonstrates how the data can be used to anchor a strategic approach to joint officer management.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Survey Methodology

  • Chapter Three

    Overview of Survey Billets and Survey Respondents

  • Chapter Four

    Officers’ Interactions with Organizations and Various Types of Personnel

  • Chapter Five

    Typical Roles and Responsibilities of Officers Serving in Joint or Potential Joint Billets

  • Chapter Six

    Knowledge and Experience Required or Helpful for Job Performance and Experience Gained Through Billet Assignments

  • Chapter Seven

    Optimal Length of Joint Duty Assignments, Value of Temporary Assignments, and Other Issues Regarding Duties and Experience

  • Chapter Eight

    Using Survey Data to Estimate Current and Projected Demand for and Supply of Joint Officers

  • Appendix A

    2005 Joint Officer Management Census Survey Form

  • Appendix B

    Frequencies, Means, and Standard Deviations of Responses to the 2005 Joint Officer Management Census Survey Questions

  • Appendix C

    Supporting Tables for Chapter Six on Required or Helpful Types of Knowledge and Experience

The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The research was conducted in 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 Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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