DOD's Oversight of Individual Skill Training in the Military Services Should Be More Comprehensive

FPCD-79-13: Published: Jul 31, 1979. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1979.

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The military services spend about $3 billion a year in formal specialized training in military service schools. The individual services are responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of training, but the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has oversight responsibility for the effectiveness and economy of the overall military training program.

The amount and quality of the OSD oversight is inadequate. Improved oversight is needed to insure that the services adhere to training policies aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness. Oversight can be improved without enfringing on the flexibility of the services to manage their respective programs. The services need to improve the management of training and the magnitude of specialized skill training.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: To improve OSD oversight of specialized skill training activities, the Secretary of Defense should: provide more systematic oversight of individual on-the-job skill training in operational units; clarify, in writing, the training oversight roles and responsibilities of all levels within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics); clarify Defense policies for specialized skill, training and make them more comprehensive; establish a system for overseeing the operations of the Interservice Training Review Organization; intensify oversight of specialized skill training provided in institutions to include obtaining and analyzing more complete, timely, and accurate information on the amount, cost, and effectiveness of training; and reexamine the cost benefits of a single integrated servicewide training management information system to provide timely, consistent, and accurate data to managers at all levels.

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