Combat readiness (61 - 70 of 80 items)
Individual Ready Reserve: Army Needs to Make More Effective Use of Limited Training Funds
NSIAD-90-55: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Army's Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) training program, intended to train soldiers with previous Army service for swift mobilization and deployment in combat situations, to determine whether the Army focused training funds on skills that required refresher training and were most needed in the early days of conflict.GAO found that the Army: (1)...
Should Women Be Kept Out of Combat?
141724: Jan 1, 1990
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 9, Summer 1990, discusses the long-standing debate over current laws and regulations that exclude women from direct combat roles, focusing on: (1) the services' varying interpretations of those regulations; (2) problems and inconsistencies caused by changes in warfare since the enactment of the regulations; and (3) possible revisions to the regu...
Status of Defense Forces and Five Year Defense Planning and Funding Implications
T-NSIAD-89-29: Published: May 10, 1989. Publicly Released: May 10, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) military capability achievements since 1980, current capability deficiencies, and the reality of defense contingency planning. GAO found that: (1) the greatest challenge to DOD is to reduce spending after the largest peacetime defense buildup in history; (2) DOD has had over $2.4 trillion in funding since 1980, but has reduced its 1988 and 1990 Five...
Role of the Reserves in the Total Force Policy
T-NSIAD-89-7: Published: Feb 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
GAO discussed the role of the reserve forces in the Department of Defense's (DOD) total-force concept, their ability to carry out missions, and the difficulties DOD faces concerning its reserve components. GAO found that: (1) the total-force policy requires that reserve components be as equal and as ready as their active counterparts; (2) although the reserves' quality, training, and equipment hav...
Women in the Military: Impact of Proposed Legislation to Open More Combat Support Positions and Units to Women
NSIAD-88-197BR: Published: Jul 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed S. 581, a bill which would increase the combat support assignments open to women in the military services, focusing on the: (1) positions and units closed to women because of exclusionary laws and policies; (2) ongoing service reviews of positions and units currently closed to women; and (3) potential impact of the bill on those positions and un...
Military Personnel: Impact of Joint Duty Tours on Officer Career Paths
NSIAD-88-184BR: Published: Jun 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) proposed modifications of the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 concerning tour length requirements for joint officers.GAO found that DOD cited limited time, crowded career paths, selection of officers, officer availability, problems with mid-year moves, increased experience, increased number of cand...
Medical Readiness: Progress in Stating Manpower Needs
NSIAD-87-126: Published: Apr 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military's wartime medical manpower requirements, specifically the management information and analysis problems in evaluating medical manpower readiness.GAO found that differences in estimates of wartime medical manpower requirements for combat casualty care make it difficult to assess joint service wartime medical requirements, capabilities, a...
Information on the Accuracy of Defense Manpower Requirements
NSIAD-86-87BR: Published: Mar 26, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the defense manpower-requirements programs to assess the degree to which the services' policies and procedures for determining manpower needs accurately identify the quality and quantity of manpower required for national defense.GAO found that: (1) the Navy's application of staffing standards exists for only a third to a half of its shore-based pos...
Problems in Implementing the Army's Reserve Components Full-Time Manning Program
NSIAD-85-95: Published: Jun 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Army's Full-Time Manning (FTM) program under which Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) personnel are assigned to Army Reserve units to enhance unit readiness and deployability. The Army plans to significantly expand the program over the next 2 years.GAO found many positive aspects of the FTM program such as: (1) the military and educational background of AGR personnel; (2) the effects of i...
[Comments on DOD Response to Congressionally Posed Questions on Military Readiness]
124482: Jun 6, 1984
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on the Department of Defense's (DOD) response to a number of congressional questions regarding the overall fighting capability of the military forces. While DOD provided information showing progress in some areas, namely force structure, modernization, and personnel readiness, improvement in these areas might be offset by deficiencies in the areas...