Outside the Fleet External Requirements for Naval Officers
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In addition to filling their own ranks, the military services must assign people to outside organizations, such as the Joint Staff, unified commands, the Department of State, and the White House. While external billets require both officer and enlisted personnel, the officer billets tend to garner the most attention, both because of the cost and because of the management required to ensure that they are filled appropriately-i.e., with officers of the correct experience or capabilities. Many in the services believe that these external requirements, particularly those in the joint arena, are increasing. This perception has been fueled in part by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, which directed a broad range of organizational and functional changes with an eye to improving the services ability to carry out joint operations. This act directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a list of joint duty billets and imposed requirements for who is eligible to serve in such billets. The act also requires the services to make joint duty a pre-requisite for flag rank. The laws goal is the improvement of joint operations, largely by ensuring that quality officers serve in joint billets and are not disadvantaged by doing so.
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