The Impact of the All-Volunteer Force on Physician Procurement and Retention in the Army Medical Department, 1973-1978
Final rept. 8 June 1979
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study analyzes the planning which occured and the provisions of the major personnel procurement programs which were established to recruit and retain physicians in the All-Volunteer Army. The investigation is focused on an evaluation of the effectiveness of these procurement programs during the period 1973-1978 and an analysis of the reasons for program performance during the period studied. An assessment of the ability of the All-Volunteer Army to attract and retain sufficient physicians to accomplish its mission is offered. Primary research methodology consits of an extensive review of Congressional testimony concerning the thesis topic during the period 1972 through 1978, and a comparison of this testimony over a period of time. A review of pertinent military and civilian literature is provided. The research reveals that during its first five years of existence, the all-volunteer force experiment has had a seriously negative impact on Army medical officer procurement. Fundamental flaws in military physician procurement and retention programs, compounded by inconsistent as well as poorly-timed efforts to remedy them have significantly hindered optimum program effectiveness.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies