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Army Ranger Training: Final Assessment of Improvements Mandated By 1996 National Defense Authorization Act

NSIAD-99-57 Published: Feb 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1999.
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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the corrective actions taken by the Army following the deaths of four Ranger students in a 1995 training accident, focusing on the status of: (1) Army Ranger training manning levels required by the fiscal year 1996 National Defense Authorization Act; (2) establishing safety cell organizations required by the act; (3) corrective safety actions instituted after the accident; and (4) inspections of identified safety controls.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should continue the current 90-percent officer distribution planning level for the Ranger Training Brigade.
Closed – Implemented
Secretary of the Army directed that Officer and Enlisted strength be sustained at or above 90 percent distribution level and has established procedures to ensure compliance.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should direct that future inspections of the Brigade include evaluations of training safety controls and that the inspections' results are documented.
Closed – Implemented
The Secretary of the Army directed continued, documented evaluations of training safety controls.

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