The Goldwater-Nichols Act: An Assessment of the Marine Corps' Response
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph explores the Marine Corps response to the provisions of the Goldwater-Nichols Act which influence joint education, joint doctrine, and joint officer assignments. It focuses on the Marine Corps response to the initial legislation of 1986, and to subsequent policies and requirements that were an immediate outgrowth of the Goldwater-Nichols Act. This study asserts that while the Marine Corps has taken substantial steps to comply with the Goldwater-Nichols Act, it has not completely implemented all provisions involving education, doctrine, and joint officer assignments. This monograph describes the changes that the Marine Corps has made to its education system, its doctrine division, and its manpower management system. Analysis conducted. throughout the study aims at determining the degree to which the Marine Corps complies with the Goldwater-Nichols Act and subsequent policy. This monograph concludes that the Marine Corps has made great strides in implementing the Goldwater-Nichols Act. The Marine Corps must, however, more thoroughly incorporate joint concepts in its professional education programs and its service doctrine to ensure its leaders are adequately prepared to meet the challenges of modem warfare.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations