Report to the Secretary of the Army: Improvements Needed in the Army's Program for Developing Extension Training Materials for Use By Soldiers in Field Units
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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The Army has about 16.000 different training materials-such as soldiers manuals and audio-visual materials--and plans to add about 24,500 more training items and several thousand video-disc systems to provide training in field units. Because these materials will cost millions of dollars, GAO reviewed the Army process for determining its training material needs and its justification for the new video-disctystem. GAO found that the Army had not established acceptable usage levels for its training materials, had not obtained field unit input on unit needs for training materials, and had not identified the usage and effectiveness of individual training materials. Also, the Army has not sufficiently demonstrated its need for the large numbers of video-disc equipment it plan so acquire for use in the field. GAO recommends that the Army 1 take several actions to improve its needs determination process for training materials and 2 further evaluate the planned video-disc system procurement.
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