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.

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