ERIC Number: ED310252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Army Training. Management Initiatives Needed To Enhance Reservists' Training. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Military Personnel and Compensation, Committee on Armed Services.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of National Security and International Affairs.
A study was made to determine the extent to which Army reservists (the National Guard and the Army Reserve) are training in critical tasks and battlefield survival and to identify the factors affecting this training. Information was gathered by interviewing officials at headquarters offices, analyzing overall Army training information, and visiting 17 reserve component units. The study found that training reservists is difficult because of the limited time they have to train (weekends and one 2-week session yearly). Some of the obstacles found to hamper reservists' training were the following: (1) some Army schools provided little instruction on equipment that soldiers were expected to operate in their units; (2) some units lacked the equipment to teach critical tasks; (3) some units did not focus sufficiently on training soldiers in tasks that support the units' missions; (4) units the researchers visited seldom incorporated survival skills in training exercises; and (5) scarce training time often was not used effectively. The Army is planning some changes in reservists' training. The study recommended that the Army ensure that reservists receive training on the equipment they will operate, in all job tasks critical to their units' missions, and in survival skills. It also recommended that it improve the management of training time and ensure that the strategy for training reservists is fully implemented. (KC)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Job Training, Military Personnel, Military Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of National Security and International Affairs.