Better Use of Available Data Would Improve Mobilization Planning for Inductees

NSIAD-85-11: Published: Oct 22, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1984.

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GAO discussed the accuracy of the current Department of Defense (DOD) request for inductees that the Selective Service System (SSS) would provide after full mobilization.

GAO found that, although the data exist, the system that DOD uses for making wartime manpower planning decisions collects insufficiently detailed data on each service's wartime needs and expected manning requirements to enable it to validate the accuracy of the current inductee request schedule. Further, although DOD has acknowledged that a systematic process for identifying needs is necessary, it has not made any systematic analysis to either validate or change the current inductee schedule. GAO concluded that, until a systematic analysis is performed of service needs, SSS may be expending resources preparing to deliver unneeded inductees while neglecting the planning required to meet actual DOD inductee needs.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD does not believe that any convincing argument has been made that the aggregate manpower data generated are erroneous with respect to the number of inductees indicated.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the services to submit sufficient occupational data, either through the Wartime Manpower Planning System or another planning system, so that DOD can ensure the accuracy of each service's wartime needs and expected manning shortages and surpluses.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: An Office of the Secretary of Defense saw no necessity to collect the data for WARMAPS and decided not to pursue this recommendation. The case was closed on February 21, 1987, without any further action.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the requirements for inductees are based on a systematic analysis of the services' wartime needs and their ability to meet these needs with available personnel.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Office of the Secretary of Defense closed this case on February 21, 1987, without revising the inductee schedule.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should submit to SSS, as necessary, a revised schedule for inductees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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