Managing Military Careers
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Military careers particularly for officers are strongly influenced by legislative parameters. The Defense Office Personnel Management Act DOPMA and other laws establish limits on the length of careers, the rates and timing of promotions, the proportion of senior officers, and some assignment patterns. These legislative parameters are intended to strike a balance between sometimes conflicting traits that are either required or desirable in personnel. As the mission of the military has shifted from a one-dimensional focus on warfighting readiness to a multidimensional approach across a range of missions and as technology and demographic factors have changed, the previous balance sought between characteristics may no longer be appropriate.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations