Accession Number : ADA282639

Title :   The Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980. A Retrospective Assessment.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Rostker, Bernard ; Thie, Harry ; Lacy, James ; Kawata, Jennifer ; Purnell, Susanna

Report Date : 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : The Congress enacted the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) on December 12, 1980. The new code replaced an existing patchwork of rules and regulations governing the management of military officers and updated numerical constraints on the number of field-grade officers (0-4 through 0-6) that each service might have as a percentage of its officer corps. It was the Congress's expectation that DOPMA would 'maintain a high-quality, numerically sufficient officer corps, provide career opportunity that would attract and retain the numbers of high-caliber officers needed, (and) provide reasonably consistent career opportunity among the services.' In September 1990, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management and Personnel) asked RAND to review the past ten years of operations of DOPMA, to identify and appraise any difficulties in manpower management that may have developed from that legislation

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *CAREERS, *PERSONNEL RETENTION, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, LEGISLATION, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, LESSONS LEARNED, FORECASTING, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, NURSES, MILITARY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE