SENATE ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL HEARING ON OFFICER PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT & DOPMA
On 24 January 2018, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel held a hearing to receive testimony on Officer Personnel Management and the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980. The subcommittee heard testimony from two panels, including civilian experts on defense personnel issues as well as the four service personnel chiefs. The hearing covered a wide range of issues related to officer management, but was largely critical of most personnel management processes across the services, especially the "up or out" policy after promotion to O-4. Be sure to read testimony and comments specific to establishing a career litigation track and whether it makes sense, in some cases, to permit O-6's to serve beyond thirty years (using Judge Advocates as an example). Additionally, one key witness even recommends the elimination of the Service Personnel Commands.
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