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General military training: standardization and reduction options

General military training: standardization and reduction options

Yardley, Roland J., author

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

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Roland J. Yardley, Dulani Woods, Cesse Cameron Ip, Jerry M. Sollinger
ISBN: 083308321X, 9780833083210
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed January 4, 2013).
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-100).
Note: "National Defense Research Institute."
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 100 pages) : color illustrations.
Series: Technical report
Subject: Armed Forces Training of.; United States. Department of Defense Vocational guidance.; United States Armed Forces Operational readiness.; United States Armed Forces Vocational guidance.; Military education United States.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Military readiness.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation)
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Defining general military training and establishing general military training baseline topics
  3. Summary of service approaches to general military training
  4. Why general military training is a challenge
  5. What options exist to standardize requirements for general military training and reduce its burden?
  6. Conclusions and recommendations.