Military Officers

DOD's Implementation of Congressionally Mandated Reductions Gao ID: NSIAD-88-1 October 9, 1987

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) examined the Department of Defense's (DOD) planning for and implementation of congressionally mandated officer reductions for fiscal years 1987 through 1989; and (2) evaluated the officer requirements study that DOD prepared to justify officer growth.

GAO found that: (1) DOD has not fully developed plans to allocate reductions among the services; (2) only the Army has conducted a detailed analysis of its authorized officer positions to determine the positions that it could delete with the least impact on combat capability; and (3) the officer requirements study does not fully explain and justify the increase in the number of officers or assess changes in the officer corps by skill or grade level.


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