Confusion Over Validity and Effects of Purported Petty Officer Shortage.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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In recent years, congressional concern has focused on the validity of the navys claim of a shortage of petty officers the Navys ability to increase the numbers of petty officers, and the costs and benefits of increasing the paygrade and experience levels in Navys enlisted force. GAO found that the Navy determined its petty officer shortage by computing the difference between the number of petty officers in the enlisted force and the number of petty officers shown in an internal Navy statement of personnel needs--the Enlisted Programmed Authorizations EPA. Since the number of petty officer positions requested by the Navy and funded by Congress each year has been nearly the same as the actual petty officer inventories, the continued claims of a petty officer shortage have been confusing.
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