Due to changing economic conditions and policies throughout the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps is experiencing significant changes regarding its manpower and structure requirements. In order to meet these requirements while still accomplishing the mission, all Marine Corps organizations must strategically examine their workforce requirements and take effective action by using legal personnel practices and staying within budget limitations. SWP provides a means for appropriately meeting these requirements while ensuring that the right people are in the right place at the right time.
SWP is not just a dollars and numbers exercise. SWP helps bring to light various factors affecting mission accomplishment to help ensure organizations comprise a well-aligned, highly skilled, motivated, and diverse workforce that possesses appropriate competencies and developmental opportunities in order to accomplish their missions, regardless of the changes and challenges they may face.