General and Flag Officers: Number Required Is Unclear Based on DoD's Draft Report.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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Congress determines the maximum number of general and flag officers that the military services may have by specifying service-specific ceilings in title 10 of the U.S. Code. Congress authorized 12 new general officer positions for the Marine Corps as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal Year 1997. 1 The act required the Department of Defense DOD to study general and flag officer requirements and recommend changes to the law, if necessary. 2 The act also required our office to evaluate DODS study.
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