Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has proposed sweeping changes to long-standing personnel practices for uniformed and civilian personnel system, including reform of the "up-or-out" promotion standards for officers. Most of the proposals would require approval from Congress, which is even more gridlocked than usual in an election year. Even so, Carter said "we're pleased with the positive support we've seen" from the Capitol Hill leadership for his so-called Force Of The Future initiative aimed at modernizing the Pentagon's bureaucracy. For more details, see this Military.com news article.
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