Each Service shall undertake only such programs as are
actually essential, and shall program manpower requirements at the minimum
necessary to achieve specific vital objectives.
Each Service shall program within the strengths
confirmed by the Secretary of Defense with first priority assigned to major
combat forces. Major combat units will be manned in accordance with Joint
Chiefs of Staff guidance as approved by the Secretary of Defense. Remaining
forces will be manned, within approved total strengths, adequately to support
In areas which require military personnel only,
manpower requirements shall be based upon applicable manning documents, with
authorized strengths held to a minimum consistent with assigned tasks and
missions. Civilian requirements will be determined on the basis of planning
and workload factors with strengths maintained at the minimum necessary to
accomplish the required tasks. In areas which require both military and
civilian personnel, manpower requirements shall be determined as a total.
The highest practicable proportion of Operating Forces
to total forces will be maintained. Within the Operating Forces emphasis will
be placed on reducing support type positions.