Now, the third change we're seeking for DOPMA has to do with what's known as lateral entry.
And this brings me to the fourth and final DOPMA change, which is intended to make room for an uncertain future.
So under certain conditions, the services need to be able to waive select DOPMA constraints to very quickly build up expertise in a critical career field.
And I greatly appreciate that over the past year, Congressional leaders from both parties have expressed support for reviewing DOPMA and making some commonsense improvements to help strengthen our warfighting effectiveness.
As with the changes to DOPMA, we need Congress's help on each of these.
52) Here, both the Instruction and DOPMA as expressed through the House Armed Services Committee share the same intent to provide a career expectation to officers.
68) This Instruction was promulgated in 1981 immediately after DOPMA was signed into law.
The House Armed Services Committee specifically states in the committee reports and congressional hearings on DOPMA that an officer "on attaining permanent O-4 grade, has a career expectation of 20 years of service.
As discussed above, the United States Army has legal guidance that mandates O-4 continuation in line with the Instruction and DOPMA.
In addition, it is unmistakable that Congress intended to create a property interest by the plain language in the House Armed Services Committee Report on DOPMA.
In 1990, the DOD commissioned a study by RAND Corporation--a nonprofit public policy research institution--to determine how DOPMA was affecting military personnel and management.