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Strategic Sealift. Summary of Workshop on Crewing the Ready Reserve Force
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This GAO report provide a summary of the views expressed at the GAO- sponsored Ready Reserve Force RRF crewing workshop held on April 5, 1994. We conducted the workshop as part of a review to determine whether recent improvements to RRF are meeting defense needs. A separate report will be issued in response to this request. The workshop was designed to 1 discuss the impact of the declining U.S. commercial ocean-going merchant marine manpower pool on U. S. sealift capability, 2 identify impediments to timely crewing, and 3 discuss various crewing proposals. The workshop served as a forum for reaching consensus among government agencies, commercial ship managers, and organized maritime labor on various crewing concerns. Highlighted points that the workshop attendees agreed on included the following The key to crewing RRF is maintaining a viable U.S. merchant marine industry. The current state of the U. S. maritime industry demands passage of reemployment rights for mariners who volunteer for RRF duty during a crisis Some form of permanently assigned crews will help maintain a base of skills and experience to operate RRF ships Cooperation among the groups involved with crewing RRF is needed to resolve many issues, such as improvement of the mariner database
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