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Revisiting the Criteria for Military Essentiality in Total Force Manpower Management

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[Technical Report, Other]

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Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)

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DoDD 1100.4 and DoDI 1100.22 establish the principles and policies DoD components should use in determining their workforce mix to accomplish national military objectives. However, implementation of stated manpower policies and criteria across the DoD components has been inconsistent as each of the components has developed their own justifications for defining military essential positions. Accordingly, IDA was asked to investigate potential alternative manpower mix criteria that would more clearly and unambiguously define the rationale for military essentiality, and then assess functional areas and duties currently categorized as military essential to determine if there are opportunities for military-civilian and contracted conversions in these areas.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]