Military Training: Army and Marine Corps Face Challenges to Address Projected Future Requirements
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Armys and Marine Corps major training facilities -- Army and Marine Corps combat training centers and Army mobilization training centers -- have focused on training units for counterinsurgency missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As troop levels decrease in Iraq and increase in Afghanistan, larger numbers of forces will be training for Afghanistan. To meet future requirements, the services plan to adjust training to train forces on a fuller range of missions. The House report to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 directed GAO to report on any challenges the Department of Defense faces as it adjusts training capacities. GAO assessed the extent to which the Army and Marine Corps have done the following 1 made adjustments at their major training facilities to support larger deployments to Afghanistan, and 2 developed plans to adjust training capacity to meet future requirements. GAO analyzed service training guidance, future training requirements, and related plans, and interviewed headquarters officials and personnel from the services major training facilities. GAO recommends the Army develop a risk-assessment and mitigation plan to address gaps in training capacity, and assess how it can maximize existing resources to conduct reserve-component training called for under its force generation model. DoD generally agreed with our recommendations.
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