Urgent Need for Continued Improvements in Enlisted Career Force Management

FPCD-77-42: Published: Sep 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1977.

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Current enlisted career personnel imbalances, caused by past management practices, are very costly. On June 30, 1976, the armed services had about 28,000 more career enlisted personnel than called for in their enlisted force management plans.

Enlisted force management plans specify the objectives of the services' enlisted management services. Years of service is the key to planning objective career forces, a projection of what the service decides it needs in the way of career personnel. The services plan to achieve their objective career forces in 7 to 10 years. The 7 to 10 year lag is unnecessary and costly.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

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    Matter: Congress should enact legislation that authorizes readjustment pay for career enlisted personnel who are involuntarily discharged before they are eligible for retirement.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should: (1) establish firm management policies which will bring the number of enlisted career personnel quickly into agreement with the objective force and prevent careerists in excess of requirements from serving beyond 20 years; (2) develop a system of automated programs which will permit evaluation of the services' program by individual occupational specialty; (3) strengthen the Enlisted Management Systems Directorate so it can evaluate the services' enlisted grade requirements and long-range plans; (4) establish a standardized methodology for determining costs of objective forces, including costs of changing from the present to the objective force; and (5) establish, in conjunction with the services, a system comparable to the Navy's for uniform defense cost-benefit studies.

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