ERIC Number: ED362742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Military Education. Information on Service Academies and Schools. Briefing Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
An examination was made of the feasibility of relocating professional military education institutions to the various military academies. Officer professional military education was reviewed to determine the following: (1) how the services define professional military education; (2) where professional military education courses are conducted; (3) how many students participate in these courses; and (4) what costs are associated with them. The study found that the services differ in how they interpret the definition of professional military education. For example, the Army considers an officer's basic course in a warfare specialty such as infantry or logistics as part of professional military education, whereas the Air Force does not. Therefore, the Army has more professional military education schools that could be consolidated than the Air Force does. Thirty-two schools involved in conducting 60 different courses were identified; more than 36,000 students were enrolled in these schools in 1992-93. The estimated cost for providing this education in fiscal year 1993 was $123 million. With the exception of the Air Force Academy, the opportunity to absorb additional professional military education institutions at the military academies was found to be limited by physical, financial, and environmental constraints. All three academies are at or over capacity for classroom and dormitory facilities, and the Military and Naval academies have very little land available to build additional facilities. (The report includes 15 tables and a figure, along with four appendixes that provide information on Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps professional military education.) (KC)
Descriptors: Costs, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Enrollment, Higher Education, Military Schools, Military Service, Military Training, Officer Personnel
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies: $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.