About Us

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs leads the office of Manpower and Reserve Affairs. With eight organizations supported by nearly 27,000 personnel spanning three locations, the department supports the Total Force by planning, directing, coordinating and supervising 2.1 million active and reserve service members and just under 930,000 civilian personnel.

Manpower and Reserve Affairs contains the following offices and agencies:

  • The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy
  • The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy
  • The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
  • The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Integration
  • Total Force Planning and Requirements
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home
  • Defense Commissary Agency
  • Department of Defense Education Activity

Through the unique work of each office, Manpower and Reserve Affairs provides relevant and timely policy, as well as procedural updates to Congress, the military service leadership, Defense Department policy influencers, service members, civilians, their families, veterans, service providers and volunteers. This office is responsible for the development and delivery of all personnel policy, both civilian and military, and for implementing human resource solutions that support the Total Force and mission readiness. Travel Management, family programs, commissary shopping, workforce planning, compensation and Reserve Component integration are just a few of the areas that fall within the Manpower and Reserve Affairs portfolio. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs knows people are our most valuable asset and strives to support them and create opportunities for leadership development.