Success of the Programed School Input Program Justifies Expansion

FPCD-82-53: Published: Sep 16, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Navy's Programmed School Input (PSI) program, a school guarantee option which sends enlistees to duty stations before they receive initial skill training in a specific occupation at a Navy school.

In recent years, approximately 3,000 enlisted personnel have been recruited annually under this option. The review of the program indicated that, despite some implementation problems, the program has afforded the Navy and its enlistees the following advantages: (1) the Navy is provided with a recruit's service before a large training investment is made; (2) the PSI recruit is provided an opportunity to adapt to the Navy before initial skill training begins, thus reducing the likelihood of attrition during the enlistment term; and (3) the Navy's training investment on large numbers of enlistees who will leave before completing their first term of enlistment is decreased. Although Navy officials agree that the program is successful and have taken steps to rectify certain implementation problems, they are not planning to increase its size. GAO does not believe that the program's full potential is being realized.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Navy decided to determine annually how much to add to the PSI program and use this program as a school imput leveling tool.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should determine the full potential for expanding the PSI program for inclusion in the fiscal year 1985 budget presentation. This should include assessing and quantifying program benefits from more effective use of enlisted personnel and initial skill training resources.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Increases were planned for fiscal year 1984 and then cancelled during the fiscal year.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should make incremental increases in the PSI program size each year beginning in fiscal year 1984 in the ratings already targeted as well as others that could be included until the optimum can be achieved.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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