Accession Number:

ADA499148

Title:

Military Personnel: Army Needs to Focus on Cost-Effective Use of Financial Incentives and Quality Standards in Managing Force Growth

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

To ease the pace of overseas deployments, the President announced a plan in 2007 to grow the Armys end strength by about 7 percent by 2013. GAO was asked to evaluate the Armys management of this growth. Specifically, GAO determined the extent to which the Army has 1 made progress in growing the force, 2 awarded cost-effective bonuses to attract and retain enlistees, 3 maintained the quality of its enlisted force, and 4 directed growth in its officer force to areas of need and determined whether trade-offs it has made to alleviate shortages will have long-term effects. GAO reviewed the Armys growth plans, bonuses, waivers, and officer promotions, and interviewed Defense and Army officials.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE