A New Drill Weekend for the Information Age
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA H J HEINZ III SCHOOL OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
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The United States National Guard is the primary organized reserve force for the Army and Air Force. The National Guard conducts 48 inactive duty trainings IDT per year and participates in 15 days of annual training. Title 32, U.S.C. section 502a 1, establishes this requirement. With impeding budget cuts across the Department of Defense and advancements in technology, it is time to revisit how the National Guard performs IDT periods. This paper examines how the Army National Guard currently prepares for and conducts training for IDT periods. The paper outlines how information technology advancements in broadband and mobile devices have created a mobile workforce. Finally, the paper concludes with a proposed change in policy for managing and conducting IDT periods in the future.
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations
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