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Military Personnel: DOD and the Services Need to Take Additional Steps to Improve Mobilization Data for the Reserve Components

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GAOs analysis of DOD data indicates that more than 531,000 reservists have been mobilized in support of GWOT as of June 30, 2006, and more than 378,000 reservists, or 71 percent of the number mobilized, have been deployed. The number of reservists deployed increased through fiscal year 2003 and remained stable through fiscal year 2005. The majority of reservists have been deployed once. GAO s analysis further indicates that of the more than 378,000 reservists who have deployed in support of GWOT, 81 percent have spent a year or less deployed and 17 percent of reservists have spent more than 1 year but less than 2 years deployed. Of those who deployed, almost 98 percent were U.S. citizens. Since GWOT began, about 78 percent of reservists who were deployed were White, about 14 percent were Black or African American, and almost 90 percent identified themselves as non- Hispanic and 8 percent as Hispanic. Of those who were deployed, 89 percent were male and 11 percent were female. There were three variables volunteer status, location deployed, and unit deployed required by DOD policy for which the Defense Manpower Data Center DMDC could not provide data because the data either did not exist or were not reliable enough for the purposes of GAO s report. GAO found the deployment and mobilization data used to be reliable for providing descriptive information. However, the mobilization data, some deployment data fields, and DMDC s processes for data analyses need improvement. DMDC and the services have recently taken steps to improve the reliability of mobilization data however, additional steps are needed to make mobilization data more reliable. DMDC and the services have undertaken a large-scale, challenging effort to replace all previous service provided mobilization data in DMDC s CTS database with new data from the services, referred to as rebaselining.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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