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  1. General military training : standardization and reduction options

    Yardley, Roland J.
    Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2012.

    Every uniformed service member, whether Active Component (AC) or Reserve Component (RC), must complete ancillary or general military training (GMT) requirements prescribed by his or her service. Individual services direct some topics, and some are stipulated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). DoD has identified a need to reduce cyclic mandatory training requirements (especially for the RCs), thus reducing the training burden on the services and making the most of available training time. The RAND National Defense Research Institute was asked to examine the services' mandatory military training requirements and examine options to standardize requirements and reduce the training burden. This report responds to that request by providing a common definition of GMT and examining both the guidance that directs GMT completion and the services' approaches to conducting GMT. The authors identified GMT requirements directed by law and policy and interviewed service AC and RC subject-matter experts.

  2. Extending depot length and intervals for DDG-51-class ships : examining the 72-month operational cycle

    Yardley, Roland J.
    Santa Monica, Caif : RAND Corporation, [2016]

    "The Navy is seeking ways to operate its ships more cost-effectively. One approach might be to alter the employment schedules of Navy surface vessels to get the greatest benefit in terms of operating efficiency and crew effectiveness. The Navy is currently transitioning from a 32-month to a 36-month cycle, but adopting a 72-month operational cycle could increase the time surface vessels are deployed, allow for multiple deployments between depot availabilities, reduce the number of basic training periods, and achieve some cost savings by removing the crews during the depot maintenance period. This report assesses a 72-month operational schedule followed by an extended depot maintenance period for one class of ships - the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class of destroyers - to determine what cost and efficiency benefits this approach might yield. The authors find that this longer cycle would lead to a modest increase in operational availability but also to an increase in maintenance costs, and that it would require the Navy to better address ongoing maintenance issues that have accrued over the years"--Back cover.

    Online www.rand.org

  3. Options for filling vacant officer positions

    Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2011.

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