Army Training:

Army Analysis Overstates Signal Training Costs at Fort Sill

NSIAD-92-168: Published: Apr 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's cost analysis of its decision to relocate certain signal corps training from Fort Sill to Fort Gordon to cut training costs, focusing on whether the estimated cost differential could be substantiated.

GAO found that: (1) the Army cost analysis overstated training support and base personnel costs at Fort Sill because it combined Fort Sill's artillery and signal training costs; (2) the Army's analysis estimated a $971 per student training support cost for signal students, but Fort Sill estimated that it would cost only $236 per student; (3) Fort Sill's training support cost estimate for artillery students was much higher than the Army's estimate; and (4) although the Army estimated that Fort Sill would require an additional 63 base personnel if the training was located there, Fort Sill estimated that it would require a maximum of only 10 additional personnel. GAO believes that, even if Fort Sill's estimate is understated, 47 base personnel could be added before Fort Sill's costs exceeded Fort Gordon's signal training costs.