ISBN-10:
026273172X
ISBN-13:
9780262731720
Pub. Date:
04/02/2004
Publisher:
MIT Press
Filling the Ranks: Transforming the US Military System

Filling the Ranks: Transforming the US Military System

by Cindy Williams

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Overview

The war in Iraq and the problematic military occupation of that country have called into question the adequacy of America's all-volunteer force. Politicians and others have expressed doubts about its equity and capability; some have called for the reinstatement of the draft. Yet over the past twenty years the all-volunteer military has become a technologically advanced force that has contributed to America's overall military advantage. This book analyzes current military pay and personnel policies and identifies changes needed to maintain and improve America's all-volunteer force.

Filling the Ranks argues that to attract qualified and motivated volunteers, the armed forces need to offer better tangible inducements—pay, benefits, and training—to accompany such intangible rewards as pride in serving one's country. Many of the policies related to tangible rewards were established shortly after World War II and are no longer effective. Filling the Ranks presents detailed assessments of US military pay and personnel policies in light of the strategic, demographic, economic, and labor realities of the future. It identifies specific problems that today's military career patterns, training, pay, and benefits pose for officers and enlisted men and women in both active duty and reserve forces, discussing such issues as competition with the private sector for talent, the need to restructure compensation, and provision of family support. It offers recommendations for more flexible, adaptive, and effective policies and a blueprint for achieving them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262731720
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/02/2004
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cindy Williams is Principal Research Scientist in the Security Studies Program at MIT.

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While most of the debate over military transformation has focused on new technologies and ways of war, this volume takes a fresh look at the policies that govern the U.S. military's most valuable asset: its people. Full of insightful analysis and provocative recommendations for transforming our military personnel system, Filling the Ranks is a must read for anyone interested in ensuring that the U.S. military can continue to recruit, develop and retain the best and brightest in the future.

Michèle A. Flournoy, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, 1995-1998

From the Publisher

If the United States is to maintain an effective and responsive military force on a volunteer basis in this age of global terror, the military's personnel policies must be transformed. Clinging to an archaic and outmoded personnel system is just as dangerous as clinging to archaic weapons' systems and war fighting doctrines. In this well written, comprehensive, and provocative book, Cindy Williams and her colleagues lay out an excellent game plan for transforming the Pentagon's personnel policies. A must-read for anyone interested in national security.

Lawrence J. Korb , Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations, and Logistics) 1981-1985

The war in Iraq has highlighted the shortcomings in our current military personnel policies—active, reserve, and National Guard. If the system itself is not changed, we stand to have a force in the future which will not fit our nation's needs. The entire system needs to be revised to ensure future political-military success in a changing world. Filling the Ranks lays out some commonsense approaches toward ensuring that the needs of the nation are met.

Edward C. Meyer , USA (Ret. ), Chief of Staff of the United States Army 1983-1987

While most of the debate over military transformation has focused on new technologies and ways of war, this volume takes a fresh look at the policies that govern the U. S. military's most valuable asset: its people. Full of insightful analysis and provocative recommendations for transforming our military personnel system, Filling the Ranks is a must read for anyone interested in ensuring that the U. S. military can continue to recruit, develop and retain the best and brightest in the future.

Michèle A. Flournoy , Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, 1995-1998

Lawrence J. Korb

If the United States is to maintain an effective and responsive military force on a volunteer basis in this age of global terror, the military's personnel policies must be transformed. Clinging to an archaic and outmoded personnel system is just as dangerous as clinging to archaic weapons' systems and war fighting doctrines. In this well written, comprehensive, and provocative book, Cindy Williams and her colleagues lay out an excellent game plan for transforming the Pentagon's personnel policies. A must-read for anyone interested in national security.

Edward C. Meyer

The war in Iraq has highlighted the shortcomings in our current military personnel policies—active, reserve, and National Guard. If the system itself is not changed, we stand to have a force in the future which will not fit our nation's needs. The entire system needs to be revised to ensure future political-military success in a changing world. Filling the Ranks lays out some commonsense approaches toward ensuring that the needs of the nation are met.

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