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15 Mar 2017 22:52 UTCWed 15 Mar 2017 - 10:52 pm UTC
Approximately how many officers are routinely assigned to duty on the eight directorates (J-1 thru J-8) of the Joint Staff?
15 Mar 2017 23:50 UTCWed 15 Mar 2017 - 11:50 pm UTC
Hey nautico, nice to see you. Your question is a tough one, though, as I don't see staff breakouts by directorate or by rank.
According to the law authorizing the JCS:
(1) The total number of members of the armed forces and civilian employees assigned or detailed to permanent duty for the Joint Staff may not exceed 2,069.
(2) Not more than 1,500 members of the armed forces on the active-duty list may be assigned or detailed to permanent duty for the Joint Staff.
Does that get you in the ball park? If not, what sort of additional detail are you looking for?
16 Mar 2017 01:14 UTCThu 16 Mar 2017 - 1:14 am UTC
David, although the 1500 number cited in your para (2) would appear to be on point, I strongly doubt that this maximum number comes anywhere close to the number of officers routinely assigned. I say this having visited the segregated section of the Pentagon in which the Joint Staff is officed on several occasions, albeit many years ago. I also dimly recall that the number of JS officers listed in my 1982 WashDC DOD telephone directory that I foolishly threw away years ago couldn't have been more than 100 or so, if that many. And no, I don't believe it could have grown fifteen times in size in the intervening <cough> thirty-five years.
I had done a lot of searching myself before posting this question, obviously without success. I thought one of you researchers might get lucky as I did in finding the answer to a similar question: How many analysts currently serve on the NSC Staff? Although I couldn't find that number in any official source, I did find it in the first paragraph here:
I thought that, with the right search terms, you or others might happen upon a similar unofficial source of good current data. For $10, you probably won't want to spend any more time on this one.
16 Mar 2017 01:57 UTCThu 16 Mar 2017 - 1:57 am UTC
Don't really know if this will help or hurt, but have a look at this JCS directory:
16 Mar 2017 02:06 UTCThu 16 Mar 2017 - 2:06 am UTC
In addition to the above link, there's also this tidbit from 2006:
STRATEGIC PLANNING BY THE CHAIRMEN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF,
1990 TO 2005
The Joint Staff has a budget of under $700 million and
consists of approximately 700 military officers, 210 enlisted members,
and 195 civilians, which is about a 15 percent military reduction
16 Mar 2017 02:38 UTCThu 16 Mar 2017 - 2:38 am UTC
David, make that strategic planning document reference to 700 officers your answer, and well done for finding it.
16 Mar 2017 02:59 UTCThu 16 Mar 2017 - 2:59 am UTC
Glad we could help. I need some cinnamon ice cream now...!
17 Mar 2017 21:07 UTCFri 17 Mar 2017 - 9:07 pm UTC
nautico...see Appendix II (document page 97) for additional details on staffing:
17 Mar 2017 21:21 UTCFri 17 Mar 2017 - 9:21 pm UTC
Thanks much for that additional source.
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