Impact Of The All-Volunteer Army On Discipline, Troop Training, And Personnel Use At Fort Campbell, Kentucky

FPC-75-104: Published: Jan 14, 1975. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1975.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of All-Volunteer Army on discipline, troop training, and personnel use at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

GAO noted that: (1) discipline problems at Fort Campbell were no greater with volunteers than with draftees; (2) discipline problems at Fort Campbell were less than those Army-wide within the continental United States (CONUS); (3) for example, absences without leave and court-martials occur at a lessor rate at Fort Campbell than Army-wide within CONUS; (4) reported crimes have fluctuated above and below the CONUS rate under both draft and volunteer environments; (5) the 101st Division experienced difficulties in conducting the training necessary to make the Division combat ready after its return from Vietnam; (6) these difficulties were not, in GAO's opinion, caused by the Army's being all volunteer; (7) the difficulties experienced were particularly evident during the first half of 1973, the time when the sergeant major was stationed at Fort Campbell; (8) despite the training problems, junior enlisted personnel in the Division scored higher than the Army-wide averages on written tests used to measure combat skill knowledge; (9) also, enlisted personnel were not working in the skills for which they had been trained, and misassignment of personnel had affected the Division's ability to train its personnel; (10) the misuse of personnel was not, however, caused by the all-volunteer environment; and (11) the misuse problems noted at Fort Campbell were generally longstanding, Army-wide problems caused by imperfections in the enlisted-personnel management system for allocating manpower among combat and administrative units during peacetime conditions.

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