General and Flag Officer Careers: Consequences of Increased Tenure

General and Flag Officer Careers: Consequences of Increased Tenure

General and Flag Officer Careers: Consequences of Increased Tenure

General and Flag Officer Careers: Consequences of Increased Tenure

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RAND's National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) was asked to address the issues on general and flag officer career patterns raised as an item of special interest in Title V (Military Personnel Policy) in the Conference Report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997. This document provides specific data requested by Congress and assesses certain consequences of requiring general and flag officers to retire upon comple tion of 35 years of service.

The report examines the consequences on promotion, assignments, and tour lengths of allowing general and flag officers to serve beyond 35 years. The assessment is based on models developed at RAND for analyzing officer careers at a broad, conceptual level. This is not a comprehensive study of general and flag officer management but is limited to issues related to questions raised by Congress.

This study was sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and it was carried out in the Forces and Resources Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the defense agencies. The work was completed and provided to the sponsor in 1997.

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