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Brad Carson to Focus on Leadership Churn Among Military Personnel System Reforms

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Brad Carson, the White House nominee for the defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness position, plans to work on efforts to reduce the churn rate in military leadership, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes the churn rate is one of the top priorities in Carson’s reform proposals to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on the military personnel system.

“Ensuring that your leaders have a breadth of experience is important, but we need to focus on depth as well,” Carson told the Association of the U.S. Army in a recent speech.

“We need to allow people in important jobs to stay longer than we now permit them to do.”

Carson told an AUSA forum in June that the Defense Department can look toward human resources practices in the private sector as the Pentagon eyes an overhaul of its personnel policies.

He pointed to the lengthier average tenure among Fortune 500 C-level executives compared with the average tenure of their equivalent positions in the Army, which frequently shuffles officers between positions.

“[Tenure] allows you to push initiatives and it also makes sure that you’re around to see the consequences of bad ideas so that you can pick them up.”

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