Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Update General and Flag Officer Requirements and Improve Availability of Associated Costs
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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GFOs are the elite leaders of the U.S. military. In August 2013 Congress raised questions about costs associated with GFOs as the size of the military forces decreases. GAO was mandated to assess the trends in costs of the active duty GFO population from FY 2001 through FY 2013. This report 1 identifies changes in the population and statutory limits for active duty GFOs relative to other active duty personnel, and the extent to which DOD updated GFO requirements, and 2 assesses what is known about the costs associated with active duty GFOs and their aides and trends in such costs, including trends in GFO compensation costs relative to those of other active duty personnel from FY 2001 through FY 2013. GAO assessed the availability of cost data and analyzed available active duty military personnel population and cost data, including costs for compensation, housing and travel for FY 2001 through FY 2013, using FY 2013 dollars. GAO also met with DOD officials.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations