Cost of Training Granted to Foreign Students under the Military Assistance Program

ID-76-79: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.

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The costs of providing grant-aid training to foreign students under the Military Assistance Program have been understated, and the method of reporting costs has been inconsistent.

The fiscal year 1976 program provided training to 6,280 students from 43 countries at a recorded cost of about $23 million. New costing procedures, which will more accurately account for training costs, are to become effective in fiscal year 1978; but costs will continue to be understated because the new procedures do not provide for accounting for all related costs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: To improve cost controls, reduce costs, and make the program more effective, the Secretaries of Defense and State should: (1) record all costs of training foreign military personnel, including salaries and allowances of military personnel engaged in their training; (2) have recipient countries assume responsibility for paying transportation and living allowances to their trainees except when justified for specific economic or political reasons; (3) stress the need for foreign nationals to better use English language training facilities; and (4) discontinue U.S. maintenance and operation of the Army and Air Force Canal Zone military assistance schools through internationalization or closure, with the merging of essential programs with U.S. military programs in the United States as soon as practicable.

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