Defense Use of Military Personnel in Industrial Facilities--Largely Unnecessary and Very Expensive

FPCD-79-10: Published: May 1, 1979. Publicly Released: May 1, 1979.

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After making a case study of military staffing at the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Indiana, in 1976, GAO recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) should use civilians instead of military personnel in an industrial environment. It was estimated that about 10,000 military personnel were assigned to commercial and industrial military support activities.

A followup study at Crane and four other installations indicated that desirable levels of civilianization have not been achieved. The majority of military personnel were performing supervisory, administrative, and other technical functions that could be performed by civilians. One reason for the lack of progress may be the difficulty in obtaining increased authorization and funding for civilian personnel.

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