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The Case for a Joint Evaluation

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Joint Staff J8 -Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessments Washington United States

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Active and Reserve Service members spend in excess of 3 million hours roughly 342 yearsannually preparing, rating, reviewing,and socializing military professional evaluations up and down the chain of command before submission to their respective Services.1 With almost 1.4million Active-duty and 800,000National Guard and Reserve personnel, the U.S. military stands as one of the largest assessment organizations in the world.2 Yet each Service has its own stove piped assessment system that essentially evaluates the same thing identifying those most qualified for advancement and assignment to positions of increased responsibility. These systems appear to support this goal within their respective Services well enough, despite occasional evaluationoverhauls.3 Nevertheless, these disparate and divergent evaluation systems burden joint operations, distract from larger Department of Defense DODpersonnel initiatives, degrade the joint forces ability to achieve national military objectives, and inefficiently expend limited resources. Furthermore, the highest military positions remain at the joint, interagency, and secretariat levels.

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Journal Article

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Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ) , 84, 1, 01 Jan 0001, 01 Jan 0001,



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