The Supply of First-Term Military Officers
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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The study examines the effects of population trends, military conscription, and pay on the supply of newly commissioned officers and, based on these factors, estimates the additional budgetary costs that would be incurred by the Department of Defense in eliminating the draft as a procurement factor for officers. The study reviews current trends and patterns of officer-procurement discusses the factors which are thought to be important determinants of officer-supply--eligible population, the draft, and earnings opportunities for potential officers in military and nonmilitary careers contains estimates of the effect of population trends on the supply of newly commissioned officers examines the effects of military conscription investigates the effects on officer supply of military and nonmilitary earnings opportunities and presents an illustrative example of how the findings may be used to estimate the cost of shifting to an all-volunteer officer force.