Initial Skill Training for Air Force Enlisted Personnel

Gao ID: FPCD-81-61 July 29, 1981

GAO reviewed the Department of the Air Force's initial skill training program for its enlisted force. Originally, GAO had planned to assess the effectiveness of the overall initial skill training program, including both institutional and individual on-the-job training (OJT).

GAO found that the Air Force has established extensive internal control systems which provide feedback to training managers on training effectiveness. The examination of these internal controls showed them to be generally effective. In addition, GAO found that there are several studies of the Air Force skill training programs, some of which are still in process. GAO believes that the following training issues effect the quality of the Air Force initial skill training program and deserve prompt attention: (1) inability to compare OJT and institutional training costs; (2) need to reassess the organization of OJT; and (3) insufficient number and reduced experienced level of trainers. GAO identified two alternatives by which the Air Force might make more efficient use of its training resources. These are: (1) increased joint-service training; and (2) increased use of civilians and contractor personnel.

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