ERIC Number: ED415409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-18
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning: Opportunities Exist for DOD to Capitalize on Services' Efforts.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
The General Accounting Office reviewed the Department of Defense's distance education (DE) initiatives. Data were gathered through meetings of service officials responsible for the military services' training plans and strategies and a review of services' training plans and related documents. It was discovered that the services have begun incorporating the following DE technologies into their training activities: simulation and simulation exercises; correspondence courses; interactive computer courseware; video and audiotapes; and real-time interactive audio and video classrooms. In August 1997, it was estimated that at least $100 million would be allocated to such activities in fiscal year 1998 and as much as $2 billion over the next 10 years. The Army is the only service with a formally documented DE plan. The Air Force's and Marine Corps' plans are expected to address the requirements of both active and reserve personnel, (as does the Army's plan). The Navy's plan includes DE initiatives such as developing interactive courseware and Internet training. Implementation of distance learning in the military will require redesign of existing courseware, establishment of DE facilities, and acquisition of the communications equipment needed to transmit DE courses. Several funding and budgeting issues must be resolved before the services' DE plans can be advanced. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Financial Support, Military Personnel, Military Training
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.