Army Can Better Use Its Soldiers Trained in Critical Shortage Occupations.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Many soldiers trained in critical undermanned occupations are being assigned tasks outside their prime skill areas. In visiting five Army installations, GAO found that some of these soldiers were noncommissioned officers--the Armys primary trainers at the unit level--and soldiers who had received cash bonuses for working in their skill areas. GAO found that this occurred because of 1--Circumstances beyond the installations control, such as assignment of soldiers by the Army above authorized levels, unexpected security clearance delays, and equipment-personnel mismatch problems. 2--Installation commaders judgement that other jobs are more important than the ones soldiers were trained to do. GAO identified several opportunities for reducing such practices and recommended the corrective actions. DOD agreed with GAOs recommendations and outlined changes that have been made or are underway to improve Army systems for distributing, assigning and using its personnel.
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