Defense officials say U.S. service members may be able to sidestep the Pentagon’s entrenched “up or out” promotion system under sweeping new proposals being unveiled Thursday, aimed at keeping high-tech experts on the job.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to unveil the plans Thursday. It marks the third installment in his campaign to modernize the military’s antiquated bureaucracy. The officials say the proposals are aimed at allowing the military to attract quality service members and keep them in jobs where they excel.

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