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Army Modernization: Actions Needed to Support Fielding New Equipment

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure the ReARMM proponent, Headquarters, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training (G-3/5/7), in coordination with other stakeholders as appropriate, identifies and implements corrective actions the Army can take to reasonably assure that equipment sets meet required condition standards before they are transferred to other units. (Recommendation 1)
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The Army concurred with our recommendation. In comments on our report, the Army stated that it will enforce and improve regulatory guidance where necessary to ensure that equipment standards are met and that adequate resources are in place. In April 2024 -- after the release of our CUI version of this report, but before we published GAO-24-107566 -- the Army clarified that additional instructions may be required to successfully cascade equipment, including instructions to synchronize divestment, conduct technical inspections, plan and resource depot maintenance activities, and/or adjust the timing of activities within units' ReARMM lifecycles. As of July 2024, this recommendation remains open.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that process managers, in coordination with Headquarters, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training (G-3/5/7), review and determine opportunities for adjustments to their planning element processes, where appropriate, so that the Army can better complete the planning elements by the time it fields new equipment. (Recommendation 2)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. In comments on our report, the Army stated (among other things) that it has initiated several processes to synchronize the planning for doctrine, organizations, training, leadership development, personnel, facilities, and policies that are to accompany the fielding of new weapon systems and equipment. In April 2024 -- after the issuance of the CUI version of this report, but before we published GAO-24-107566 -- the Army added that it will continue to adjust and optimize these processes, especially for prototypes and emerging systems. As of July 2024, we are leaving this recommendation open.

Army Modernization: Actions Needed to Support Fielding New Equipment

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that process managers, in coordination with Headquarters, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training (G-3/5/7), document, where appropriate, any planning element process adjustments determined necessary to better complete the planning elements by the time the Army fields new equipment. (Recommendation 3)
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The Army concurred our recommendation. In comments on our report, the Army stated that it is codifying these process changes in a key Army regulation and in annual orders. In April 2024 -- after the issuance of our CUI version of this report, but before we published GAO-24-107566 -- the Army stated that it also has developed formats for initial training strategies, initial programs of instruction (POI), and initial basis of issue plans (BOIP) that will assist in defining requirements earlier in the materiel development process. As of July 2024, this recommendation remains open.

DOD Food Program: Additional Actions Needed to Implement, Oversee, and Evaluate Nutrition Efforts for Service Members

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should establish guidance that addresses what steps dining facilities should take to implement each of the required Go for Green® program elements. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

DOD Food Program: Additional Actions Needed to Implement, Oversee, and Evaluate Nutrition Efforts for Service Members

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a process to ensure that all installations use the required Go for Green® program fidelity assessment tool to conduct oversight of the Army food service program. (Recommendation 13)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Justice: Increased Oversight, Data Collection, and Analysis Could Aid Assessment of Racial Disparities

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop and implement a process to centrally collect and maintain accessible data—including race and ethnicity data—on administrative sanctions, all investigations including commander-directed investigations, appeals, and service members selected to serve on court-martial panels, to facilitate centralized visibility over, and, as necessary, the assessment and reporting of these data. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Child Care: Services Should Assess Their Employee Retention Efforts

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Army improves upon its strategic workforce planning efforts by developing metrics to track the effectiveness of its child care program retention initiatives. (Recommendation 7)
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DOD agrees with this recommendation. The Department will ensure that the Secretary of the Army addresses this recommendation by developing metrics to track the effectiveness of its child care program retention initiatives.

Military Justice: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Success of Judge Advocate Career Reforms

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Army Judge Advocate General formally evaluates Army policies and procedures governing the use of litigators to help ensure their efficient and effective use. (Recommendation 10)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure the Army Judge Advocate General issues guidance that addresses the risk that the perishability of litigation skills poses to the use of skill levels for Army litigators, such as specifying the maximum time a recipient may serve in a non-litigation role before the skill level must be reviewed. (Recommendation 7)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Justice: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Success of Judge Advocate Career Reforms

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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Army Judge Advocate General collects and maintains staffing data on actual staff assigned to litigation positions compared to authorized positions and considers including such information in the Army's annual Article 146a judge advocate workforce report to Congress. (Recommendation 30)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.