Some Analytical Thoughts on One Answer to the Armed Services Training Manpower Crunch - Training by Contractors,
MARTIN MARIETTA CORP DENVER CO
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This paper offers analysis suggesting one answer to this serious training manpower problem--more training performed by contractors. Training by contractors is certainly not new but it has been largely utilized in the past for limited, highly specialized, often one-time, training efforts associated with the introduction of new weapon systems. A broader-scaled contractor training effort might offer better training continuity, more professional staffing, ways to meet capital investment costs involving new sophisticated computer-based training equipment, and yet produce a quality trained technician in a cost effective and expeditious manner. A pertinent, limited case study provides illumination in this area. The paper also addresses the disadvantages and problems, such as inflated costs, associated with a contractor developed and run training program and suggests contractor responsibilities in this regard. The anticipated manpower crisis demands a search for solutions. An increased training role for contractors might ease the armed services manpower crunch while reducing the expected industrial competition for some of the same manpower resources.