General Military Training: Standardization and Reduction Options
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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All the military services train their members on general military topics, such as the Code of Conduct CoC or suicide prevention. Individual services direct some topics, and some are stipulated by the U.S. Department of Defense DoD. Typically, military members receive instruction on these topics at some designated frequency, e.g., annually. This instruction competes for time and other resources with topics specific to a given service. General military training GMT requirements are the same for the Active Component AC and Reserve Component RC. However, AC personnel have greater availability for training, while RC personnel normally drill one weekend per month and complete a two-week training period during the year. Therefore, although the time it takes to perform mandatory GMT is equal for the AC and RC, the time available for drilling reservists to complete the requirements is less. And, with similar GMT demands, the time required to complete mandatory GMT requirements consumes a larger portion of an RC member s available training time. DoD wants to reduce cyclic mandatory training MT requirements for the RC, thus easing the premobilization training burden on the services and increasing available training time. A goal of DoDs current effort is to optimize available training time and effectiveness and return time to the RC unit commanders.
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