Reengineering the Marine Corps officer promotion process for unrestricted officers
Williams, Michael B.
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The Marine Corps manpower system has the responsibility of ensuring that the appropriate numbers of trained and experienced Marines are assigned to commanders to perform their missions. The main concern with the current manpower system is that there are many skills that are critically short while others exceed requirements. The questions that are addressed in this thesis are, "can and should the Marine Corps promotion system be restructured, redesigned, or replaced to fulfill the objective of properly structuring the force," and "what would be the policy implications, unintended consequences, and pros and cons of promoting officers by MOS?" The authors explored the issue by first taking a detailed look at the history, statutory basis, and operation of the Marine Corps officer promotion system. The authors then examined the history, statutory basis, and operations of the officer promotion systems of the Navy, Army and Air Force to understand if their promotion systems were engineered to deal with force structuring concerns. The authors conclude the thesis by discussing why restructuring the Marine Corps officer promotion system would not be the best alternative for the Marine Corps and then give recommendations on how the Marine Corps could better implement a force structuring option.
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