Army Expeditionary Civilian Demand: Forecasting Future Requirements for Civilian Deployments
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA
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Although the U.S. Department of Defense DoD has long turned to its civilian employees to support overseas contingency operations and emergencies, the use of this workforce has been subject to various revisions in policy over the years. DoD expeditionary civilians DoD-ECs fill roles that would otherwise be performed by service members or U.S. government contractor employees, reducing both the burden on service members and DoDs reliance on contractors. However, maintaining sufficient numbers of civilians who are prepared to deploy has remained a challenge for DoD. In 2017, DoD issued Directive-Type Memorandum DTM17-004, which included expeditionary civilians in the Global Force Management GFM process, an initiative to ensure that organizations across DoD share information about force structure and manpower availability to facilitate planning and timely sourcing of personnel. The policy, which was expected to take effect in fiscal year FY 2019, directs DoD force providers to develop a pool of expeditionary civilian employees capable of meeting the requirements of a projected future demand signal. This demand signal is to be developed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff using data on civilian requirements in past operations. Both the force pool and demand signal are to be reviewed annually as part of the GFM process to ensure that expeditionary civilian availability aligns with anticipated requirements.
- Government and Political Science
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations