ERIC Number: ED164893
Record Type: Non-Journal
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A Need to Address Illiteracy Problems in the Military Services.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
To determine the effects of deficient reading skills in the military service, researchers met with military and civilian officials from four recruit training centers, major research activities personnel, and the commands accountable for education and training. Next, questionnaires were sent to fifteen recruit training centers to obtain data on the services' remedial reading programs. On-site reviews of remedial reading programs in each of the services were conducted. Several adverse effects of poor reading ability were found. Poor readers (1) were discharged at higher than normal rate; (2) face difficulty in technical training; (3) do not perform as well on the job; and (4) have limited career potential. Among the efforts of the Department of Defense (DOD) to alleviate this problem was the development of reading improvement programs. Efforts were also made to reduce the difficulty of reading material that personnel must use, but further efforts are needed in this area. Among the suggested alternatives to alleviate this problem were more selective recruitment, reevaluation and redesign of literacy training programs, and simplification of reading materials. It was recommended that more efforts in this area be made. (Locations visited and characteristics of the DOD reading remediation programs are appended.) (CT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.