Enhancing the Readiness of Expeditionary, Training, and Medical Workforces Through Workforce Mix Reforms

September, 2018
IDA document: P-9092
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents , Human Capital
Division: Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
Julie A. Pechacek, Alan B. Gelder, Michael R. Guggisberg, Alexandra M. Saizan, Sarah K. Burns, John E. Whitley, Stanley A. Horowitz See more authors
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) workforce is made up of approximately 3.7 million people. To shape a “larger, more capable and more lethal joint force,” we consider opportunities for DOD to optimize its workforce across the dimensions of military, civilian, and contractor personnel; active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel; officer, warrant officer, and enlisted personnel; and human performers versus technology substitution. Focusing on the expeditionary, training, and medical workforces, we summarize what is currently known about which labor types are best suited for a given objective, illuminate knowledge gaps, highlight currently actionable research insights, and outline strategic research questions to pursue now in advance of tomorrow’s information demands.