Is There a Need for a Joint Officer Evaluation Report?
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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The DOD GoldwaterNichols Reorganization Act of 1986 Title IV places great emphasis on joint operations. It requires the Secretary of Defense to establish policies to effectively manage those officers who are trained in joint matters. The current DOD policy on officer performance evaluation provides for the evaluation of officers using the evaluation system of their respective service. This research paper attempts to determine if the current policy is adequate. By reviewing current literature on performance evaluation theory by comparing the Services evaluation systems in terms of purpose, culture and evaluation theory and by evaluating the opinions and perceptions of a sample of officers currently serving in joint assignments, this paper has concluded that the current policy is adequate. This report makes three recommendations. First, it recommends that the current policy continue. Second, although the policy is adequate, it may not be the optimal policy. Therefore, the report recommends a study be conducted to address all facets of joint performance evaluation and to determine if there is a better mousetrap. Finally, this report recommends that joint organizations provide training to rating officials on the Service evaluation systems and cultures.
- Military Forces and Organizations