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.

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