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How to Estimate the Costs of Changes in Army Individual Skill Training,

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Changing political and economic conditions in the world have generated unprecedented restructuring and cost-reduction efforts in business, government, and the military. These organizations are scrutinizing all aspects of their operations, and they are paying special attention to the efficiencies and costs of their support functions. Individual training within the military is one of the largest resource consumers among military support functions, and the Army expends the greatest amount of resources for individual training among the services. As a result of major budget reductions and restructuring efforts, Army policymakers are considering a number of initiatives, in place of traditional methods that are thought to be more costly, which could fundamentally change the ways in which the Army currently conducts individual training. Because these changes could have far-reaching effects on Army costs and capabilities, analytical tools are needed that estimate the costs and savings that might be achieved by changing training approaches. This Report documents a method for estimating the costs of changing the ways the Army provides individual training. This method is not strictly limited to the Army and may be applied in a variety of organizations and contexts. The basis of the method is a previously developed approach for assessing the cost consequences of changes in military force structure. The method identifies specific training resources available to the Department of the Army and links changes in the application of these resources in selected courses to changes in costs.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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