Reserve Training:

FIREX 88 Achieved Its Objectives but Missed Other Training Opportunities

NSIAD-89-198BR: Published: Sep 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1989.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Army's FIREX 88 training exercise, focusing on: (1) whether the Army achieved exercise objectives at various command levels; and (2) what benefits the Army gained from the exercise, including whether it identified weaknesses in the Army's conventional capabilities.

GAO found that: (1) the exercise successfully achieved its major objectives by bringing together more than 15,000 reserve soldiers in an integrated live-fire exercise, mobilizing and deploying units to the exercise site from 20 states, and exercising combat service-support operations; (2) the exercise pointed out weaknesses in conventional Army capabilities that may not have been revealed in other types of training exercises, including operational, communications, and equipment problems; (3) although the exercise was beneficial, the Army did not possess the expertise to integrate maneuver, combat support, and combat service-support elements in an exercise of the size and scope of FIREX 88, while maintaining control and safety; (4) the Army did not take advantage of such training opportunities as training in offensive and defense tactics and communications and combat-service-support operations because of a lack of adequate planning and because the exercises involved only limited opposing forces and battlefield simulation; and (5) participating commanders stated that the exercise provided more valuable training than normal annual training periods, since it involved deployment by rail and air and was a large-scale, live-fire exercise.

Mar 13, 2018

Feb 28, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Feb 15, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Jan 31, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here