Military Training: DOD's Report on the Sustainability of Training Ranges Meets Annual Reporting Requirements but Could Be Improved
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Realistic training ranges are one of the most valued assets the military has in preparing its personnel for their missions. Realistic training requires access to areas and environments that closely match the locations where the military may face combat or complex situations. International events, changes in strategy, force structure, base closures, and population growth are increasing the challenges the military faces in training its personnel to be prepared to defend the nation. Moreover, the military services report that they have increasingly lost training range capabilities because of factors such as encroachment.1 To respond to these challenges and increase the sustainability of military ranges, the Department of Defense DOD has launched a number of efforts aimed at preserving training ranges while also minimizing adverse environmental effects of training activities.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Environmental Health and Safety