Total Force Policy Report to the Congress
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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This report is divided into five sections. Section I provides a brief description of the evolution of the Total Force, including an update of Total Force activities related to Operation Desert Shield. The section also describes the components of the Total Force, and discusses some of the principles that have guided the implementation of the Total Force Policy over the past two decades. Section II describes the process by which the Department makes force structure decisions, reviews the costs associated with placing units in either the active force or the reserve components, and provides a brief discussion of the Departments medical programs. In addition, the section discusses the role of the reserve components in the Total Force--the capabilities they contribute, how their participation in military missions is obtained, and their potential uses in quick reaction contingencies. Sections III examines changes in the strategic environment. Section IV discusses the effects of the new strategic environment on the structure of the Total Force, and describes a number of approaches for managing the Total Force in the new environment. Section V is a concluding statement.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics