RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
The U.S. Air Force faces both internal and external challenges to move toward greater flexibility in managing its military workforce. External influences include the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, which recommended reduced impediments to movement and utilization of personnel across component boundaries, and the Force of the Future initiative from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, which advocates both greater statutory flexibility and increased use of available or emerging flexibilities by the military services. The objective of this project was to assess the effect that proposed military human resourcemanagement flexibilities have on Air Force accessions, promotions, separations, and other force management outcomes. The assessments are intended to help in determining which flexibilities might be beneficial to the Air Force and to identify subsets of the military workforce to which they might be advantageously applied.