Re: Government employment with the military becoming a thing of the past?
PPBES (that's Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System, Bob) 101:
The number of military positions is chiseled in granite.
The number of funded civilian positions can change with each POM (Program Objective Memorandum, Bob) cycle (every 2 years).
You can re-program funding for civilian pay, allowing an increase in the number of civilian positions provided the is a valid requirement.
Overall positions are officer, enlisted and civilian, programming factors are used based on the average cost of each. There is no grade/rank involved until the position is on the UMD (Unit Manpower Document, Bob).
Contractors (A-76, advisory and assistance, slimy, other) will be discussed later.
This calls for a delicate blend of psychology and extreme violence. Vyvyan, The Young Ones