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Air Force Training: Further Analysis and Planning Needed to Improve Effectiveness

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington

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For more than a decade, the Air Force focused its training on supporting operations in the Middle East. The Air Force has established goals for its combat aircrews to conduct training for the full range of core missions. Both the Senate and House Reports accompanying bills for the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision for GAO to review the Air Forces training plans. This report discusses the extent to which the Air Force has 1 determined requirements to train combat aircrews for the full range of core missions, 2 met annual training requirements for combat fighter squadrons across the full range of core missions and evaluated the effectiveness of this training, and 3 established virtual training plans that include desirable characteristics of a comprehensive strategy. GAO reviewed Air Force training requirements and plans and interviewed officials with a non-generalizable sample of units based on the units range of core missions.

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