Technician Training and Enlisted Medical Course Attrition Rates

HRD-77-89: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.

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A survey of the Army and the Air Force medical education and training programs for enlisted personnel and officers revealed some problems which should receive attention.

In fiscal year 1977, the Army and Air Force plan to train about 35,600 officers and enlisted personnel in 123 occupational skill courses. The Army and the Air Force plan to purchase certain radiological training equipment that will be more expensive and will have energy capabilities greater than are necessary for their training requirements. Overall attrition rates in the medical enlisted occupational skill courses are considerably lower at the Air Force School of Health Care Sciences than at the Army Academy of Health Sciences. This appears to be due to management efforts to identify changes that could reduce attrition rates and to implementing the necessary changes.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Army and the Air Force to determine the type of X-ray equipment needed for radiology training courses with a view toward making optimal use of existing resources and ensuring that the capability of any equipment to be purchased does not exceed that needed for training purposes. The Secretary should also monitor the Army's current efforts to address the problem of attrition to ensure that they develop and implement a systematic method to identify, monitor, and deal with the causes of attrition in occupational skill courses at the Academy of Health Sciences.

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