Accession Number : AD1002090

Title :   Afghan National Engineer Brigade: Despite U.S. Training Efforts, the Brigade is Incapable of Operating Independently

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Arlington United States

Personal Author(s) : Sopko,John F

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Report Date : 01 Jan 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : USFOR-A was unable to achieve its goal of training the ANAs NEB to a partially capable level by December 31, 2014. The inability to achieve this goal was largely due to delays in basic soldier training and providing engineer equipment needed for training. To track the training progress, USFOR-A rated the NEBs capability on a monthly basis. USFOR-A assessments for the period April 2014 through October 2014 showed that the NEB was rated overall as developing, the second lowest of five possible ratings, in each of the monthly rating periods during that 7-month period. In its explanation for the October 2014 developing rating, USFOR-A noted that the NEB was reactionary and unable to forecast requirements 72 hours before execution. The explanation also noted the NEB lacked initiative and only planned when USFOR-A advisors urged them to do so. Most significantly, the explanation noted that the NEB was not capable of carrying out its mission. Although USFOR-A had developed a detailed training plan for the NEB, delays in basic training, which is required before soldiers are selected for the engineer school, delayed the start of engineer training by about 45 days. Many of the same issues that delayed basic trainingarmy staff on leave for holidays, political events, low literacy levels, and security concernsalso delayed NEB training. In addition, a Joint Task Force Trailblazer official told us that training was delayed because the ANA did not know who would be reporting for duty on any given day.

Descriptors :   task forces , command and control , engineering , standards , training management , construction equipment , natural disasters

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