Determining Requirements for Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Could Be Improved:

Peacetime and Wartime

LCD-77-421: Published: May 20, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.

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The Military Services can reduce peacetime maintenance personnel costs by millions by improving its systems to determine peacetime and wartime requirements and by planning greater use of reserve personnel to meet certain wartime maintenance workloads.

The opportunity to reduce these costs exists because the services can correct weaknesses in their systems. These weaknesses cause overstated requirements and usually attempt to staff peacetime below-depot maintenance organizations with sufficient active duty personnel to meet wartime mobilization needs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the services to: (1) improve the manpower requirements determination process by insisting upon evaluation of the critical assumptions concerning the use of forces and their impact on below-depot aircraft maintenance manpower and modifying manpower determination systems to include current, accurate, and reliable manpower determination factors and maintenance data; and (2) develop alternatives for greater use of reserves while determining the most cost-effective and appropriate mix of forces (active and reserve) to meet the below-depot-level maintenance personnel requirements.

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