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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the effectiveness of the Army's program for: (1) assessing the performance of units during their rotations at combat training centers; (2) identifying the lessons learned from battlefield experience; and (3) disseminating information so that training and doctrine can be modified to avoid repeating the same mistakes during training exercises.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Army 1. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, TRADOC, to establish a system for placing priorities on the problems identified at the combat training centers. A starting point for this effort may be the new priority issue list being formulated by the Center for Army Lessons Learned.
Closed - Implemented
The Department of the Army provided guidance to TRADOC regarding interpretation and compliance with Army Regulation 11-33 and the establishment of a system for assigning priorities to problems identified at the combat training centers. TRADOC formally implemented a program--the TRADOC Remedial Action Program--to accomplish this purpose in April 1994.
Department of the Army 2. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, TRADOC, to establish procedures for tracking the schools' use of lessons learned and for holding the schools accountable for resolving the identified problems.
Closed - Implemented
TRADOC has established procedures to assign responsibility for developing remedial action plans and tracking the resolution and status of specific issues.

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