Accession Number : ADA318734

Title :   Military Retirement: Possible Changes Merit Further Evaluation.

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

PDF Url : ADA318734

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : In recent years, U.S. armed forces have been affected by substantial changes, including the end of the Cold War, subsequent downsizing, and significant technological advances and associated increases in skill requirements for military personnel. Also, considerable changes have been made to the design of many civilian retirement systems over the past 2 decades. All of these changes, along with increasing federal budget pressures, have focused attention on whether the military retirement system is best designed to efficiently meet the needs of the Department of Defense (DOD) and members of the military services. As requested, GAO reviewed the military retirement system. Specifically, GAO addressed (1) military retirement costs, (2) the role of military retirement in shaping and managing U.S. forces, and (3) proposed changes to modernize the system and contribute to more efficient force management. As part of its review, GAO hosted a roundtable discussion on June 12, 1996, at which several current and former DOD officials, as well as compensation experts, expressed their views on those aspects of the military retirements system included in GAO's review.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, *MODIFICATION, *RETIREMENT(PERSONNEL), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, EFFICIENCY, COSTS, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, FEDERAL BUDGETS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE