An important issue for DoD is the place of both traditional and continuing MS&A education in the career progression of military officers. As officers with education in MS&A progress up the command chain, they tend to move from doing MS&A themselves to leading and managing others who do it. Officers with a solid education and practical experience in applying MS&A to real-world problems move into the ranks of leadership with a good understanding of how MS&A can be most effectively employed to support end users. It is essential that obtaining this education and practical experience not come at the cost of eventual career advancement. Furthermore, educational opportunities need to be provided in a timely manner to support an officer’s current assignment and to anticipate future career directions.
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