OPMS II: The Perspective of a Logistical Services Officer
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The author reviews briefly the conditions existing in the technical services prior to the reorganization of the Army in 1962. Using this perspective as a point of departure, he discusses the origins, objectives, and key features of the Officer Personnel Management System II OPMS II. The importance of troop command is developed concurrently. The key features of OPMS II, dual skill development primary and alternate specialties, Department of the Army selection of troop commanders, and changes in the promotion system, are analyzed to determine how they will affect the logistics services officer. The author concludes that OPMS II is a viable system for logistics services officers, but it does present some difficulties. His major concern is the insidious deemphasis of troop command because the outstanding logistics services officers will perceive that troop command is neither necessary for a successful career nor worth the risk. The author sees this as a reversion to pre-1962 conditions.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations