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Department of Defense Training and Education Programs - Accession Training

The purpose of the program is to provide initial military training to all members of the military services. Activities include enlistee basic training, and training future officers at the military academies, officer candidate schools, and Reserve Officers Training Corps programs.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • DoD's accession training program has a clear purpose, is well-designed, and is guided by a useful set of performance measures that ensure success if the services achieve their targets.
  • The program meets or exceeds all of its quality and quantity goals. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the tactical competence and professionalism demonstrated by units on the battlefield that are manned by soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors who are the products of this initial training.
  • The program meets its performance goals, yet the Department is reexamining the measures used. The Department has chartered a working group to examine the cost per recruit metric with the intent of standardizing the cost data elements included in the per recruit metric across the Services. This will improve the usefulness of the metric and remove annual data perturbations across the Services.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of the programs and realigning resources as necessary to ensure the best possible balance and return on investment.
  • Reviewing performance measures used to manage the program and revising them as necessary to develop the most useful and accurate indicators.
  • Evaluating performance of accession training graduates with an eye toward increasing training effectiveness.

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