Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) training of linguists engaged in intelligence-related activities, focusing on: (1) the language and technical training provided to DOD linguists; and (2) military service policies and procedures governing the management, training, and compensation of the linguist workforce.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should review individual service practices for awarding foreign language proficiency pay to determine whether all linguists should receive equal pay for equal achievement and determine whether the current Army and Marine Corps practices of paying for less than level-2 proficiency should continue.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army and the Director, National Security Agency, to establish procedures for coordinating commercial language training class schedules.|