The Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters.
The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is delegated full power and authority to act for the USD(P&R) and exercise the powers of the USD(P&R) on any and all matters that the USD(P&R) is authorized to act, except in those areas where delegation of the USD(P&R) authority is otherwise restricted by higher authority or prohibited by law.
The primary role of the Military Deputy is to serve as the senior military advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD P&R) with specific emphasis on matters pertaining to the Total Force Management of our military force as it relates to readiness.
The Office of the Chief of Staff assists the Under Secretary and the Principal Deputy in the oversight of the Personnel and Readiness enterprise, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the USD (P&R).
Serves as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). Serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) on all matters relating to Civilian and Military Personnel Policies, Reserve Integration, Military Community and Family Policy and Total Force Planning and Requirements. Additionally, exercises day-to-day supervision of the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Defense Commissary Agency and provides oversight of the Armed Forces Retirement Homes.
As the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, administers more than $50 billion Military Health System (MHS) budget and serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues. The MHS comprises over 133,000 military and civilian doctors, nurses, medical educators, researchers, healthcare providers, allied health professionals, and health administration personnel worldwide, providing our nation with an unequalled integrated healthcare delivery, expeditionary medical, educational, and research capability.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) on key military readiness and training issues.
DHRA is a Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity, of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) (USD (P & R). Leading the way for a number of key DoD Components and programs.