FG 372 (Defense Manpower Commission) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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Organizational Note

The Defense Manpower Commission was established November 16, 1973, by Title VII of P. L. 93-155. It is a Presidential advisory committee.

The Commission was created to conduct a comprehensive study and investigation of the overall manpower requirements of the Department of Defense on both a short-term and long-term basis with a view to determine what the manpower requirements are currently, will the Manpower needs be over the next ten years, and how manpower can be more effectively utilized in the Department. The Commission, in its study, will give special attention to the effectiveness with which civilian and active duty personnel are utilized; equity of the pay structure all levels; the distribution of grades within each armed force; and requirements of advancement each grade. The study will also examine the cost effectiveness and manpower utilization of the United States Armed Forces as compared with the armed forces of other countries, the methods and techniques used to attract and recruit personnel for the armed forces, and the ability of the armed forces to fulfill their mission as a result of the change in the socioeconomic composition of military enlistees since the enactment of the law providing for an all-volunteer army.

The Commission consist of 7 members including, 1 member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate and 1 member by the minority leader; 1 member appointed by the majority leader of the House Representative and 1 member by the minority leader, and 3 members appointed by the President. The Commission elects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its membership.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, press releases and executive nominations. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff, David J. Wimer, Stanley S. Scott, James H. Cavanaugh, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr., General Brent G.  Scowcroft and Jerry H.  Jones.

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