Problems in Getting People Into the Active Force After Mobilization

FPCD-79-40: Published: May 17, 1979. Publicly Released: May 17, 1979.

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During the first 6 months of a mobilization, the Armed Forces may be required to handle a sudden influx of approximately 1.8 million people entering the Active Services as volunteers, draftees, and from the reserves. This influx will impact on the operations of Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Stations (AFEES), training centers, and active installations. The Department of the Army, as Executive Agent for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), administers the AFEES. The Army's Military Enlistment Processing Command (MEPCOM) is responsible for day to day operations and for providing mobilization planning guidance.

AFEES lack plans or guidance from MEPCOM to expand their operations. MEPCOM is relying on the services to provide the additional physicians needed during a mobilization; however, the services will not be able to meet this need. The Army will have difficulty expanding the 9 training centers now in operation to the 14 centers required for mobilization because expansion plans are not current, personnel and training levels are deficient, and the availability of mobilization training equipment is unknown.

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  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense, through the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower Reserve Affairs, and Logistics, should ensure that the services have adequately planned for the expansion of their operations in the event of mobilization. The Secretary of the Army should ensure that MEPCOM has evaluated and approved updated AFEES mobilization plans, minimized the need for additional physicians at the stations, and determined ways to provide those additional physicians which will be needed in the event of mobilization. Training centers should be able to expand to provide for the updated OSD determinations in untrained manpower resources. The force structure must contain the needed number of training companies, and Reserve training companies have to be adequately staffed with qualified trainers. The Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force should ensure that similar training center weaknesses do not exist in their respective services.

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