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Military Experts, Leaders Say ‘Up or Out’ Promotion System Outdated

January 26, 2018

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A panel of military experts and leaders urged lawmakers on Wednesday to revamp a woefully outdated officer promotion system that has plagued recruiting and retention efforts.

The system, born of a 1980 law called the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act, standardized military promotions and established an “up or out” career path for service members.

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