What Defense Says About Issues in Defense Manpower Commission Report:

A Summary

FPCD-77-40: Published: May 3, 1977. Publicly Released: May 3, 1977.

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The Defense Manpower Commission study of the Department of Defense (DOD) manpower resulted in about 300 recommendations, conclusions, and observations on a variety of issues, including requirements, recruitment, training, utilization, compensation, retirement, the future of the All Volunteer Force, and management of defense manpower.

The tentative responses of DOD lacked specific details showing the degree of consideration given the Commission's report. When DOD agreed on a particular issue, it did not indicate the organization with the specific responsibility for taking action or a time frame for completing any action. In most of the cases, DOD stated that no further action was necessary. In some instances, DOD disagreed with the Commission because prior or on-going studies led to different positions.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should: (1) decide, as soon as possible, DOD positions on the Commission's recommendations, conclusions, and observations; (2) designate organizations to be responsible for correcting problems or making improvements in those areas where DOD concurs with the Commission; (3) assign target dates to complete these actions; and (4) provide more explicit details to support the DOD position when it differs from the Commission's viewpoint.

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