Accession Number : ADA316877

Title :   DoD Force Mix Issues: Converting Some Support Officer Positions to Civilian Status Could Save Money.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA316877

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : In 1994, we recommended that the Secretary of Defense study opportunities to convert certain support positions from military to civilian status, since federal civilian personnel cost the military less than military personnel of roughly equal grade/rank. Our 1994 detailed analysis was focused primarily on enlisted positions. Although the Department of Defense (DOD) concurred with our recommendation, it converted no positions based on this work. It also filed a congressionally mandated report on military to civilian conversions and explained that large-scale conversions of military positions would not be undertaken until its civilian workforce stabilized at the conclusion of the drawdown. DOD had converted 3,219 positions by the end of fiscal year 1996 to comply with the requirement in the fiscal Year 1996 National Defense Authorization Act to convert at least 3,000 positions. We have conducted a similar analysis of commissioned officer positions using fiscal year 1996 end strength data and, in accordance with our basic legislative responsibilities, are reporting our results to you because they fall within your committees' jurisdiction. Our review is a first step in identifying officer positions that perform certain support and administrative functions as candidates for civilian conversion. Our specific objectives were to identify the (1) criteria the services use to determine which officer positions are "military essential," positions that DOD believes must be filled by a military person; (2) positions currently filled with officers that might be filled with civilians without harming operational capabilities; and (3) savings from converting positions from military to civilian status. To achieve the second objective, we developed criteria based on DOD directives and guidance before applying it to selected officer positions in support activities.

Descriptors :   *CONVERSION, *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, *COSTS, *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *SAVINGS, JOBS, ECONOMICS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, SALARIES, MILITARY BUDGETS, RANK ORDER STATISTICS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE