GAO discussed the cost and operations of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. GAO found that: (1) despite the academies' similar organizational structures, personnel requirements, and education and training philosophies, they still had differences; (2) accreditation boards questioned the effectiveness of the predominantly military faculties at the Military and Air Force Academies; (3) the academies produced over 3,000 officers annually; (4) academy graduates tended to stay in the service longer than officers from other sources; (5) academy graduates made rank quicker and to higher levels than officers from other sources; and (6) costs at the Military and Air Force Academies were comparable, but lower at the Naval Academy. GAO also found that: (1) the academies' financial reports failed to include all costs directly related to their operations; and (2) the academies also excluded faculty training and preparatory school costs.
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