Commission Recommends Consolidation of Army Schools Other Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army should carry out a comprehensive review of its school system with the aim of identifying opportunities to consolidate underused capacity, the National Commission on the Future of the Army recommended in the final report it released last week.Army schools include institutions under Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), as well as National Guard regional training institutes and other schools. The service has been implementing its One Army School System to make more efficient use of all schools across all three components.During its site visits to training facilities for each of the Army components, the commission “encountered an alarming number of incidents of underutilized training facilities and inefficient choices in training dollars spent.”The commission found that regular Army soldiers often travel long distances to attend regular Army training facilities at other installations even though the required course was being taught at a TRADOC-certified reserve component school on or near their home installation.“The Army should establish true regionalization of the Army’s school system and continue to consolidate the infrastructure where efficiencies can be gained,” the commission recommended.The report called for the Army to explain any unused capacity, and develop a plan to retain or eliminate excess infrastructure and ensure the correct balance of infrastructure and capacity to meet the nation’s needs. The plan should be finished within one year.Closer integration of the Army schools would have benefits beyond just efficiency, said commissioner Raymond Chandler III, a retired sergeant major of the Army.In such an environment, soldiers from all three components “actually participate in the same classroom and start that sharing experience of what it means to be a Guardsman, a reservist or regular Army soldier,” Chandler said, reported the Army News Service.Separately, the commission cited a variety of existing proposals to make the service more efficient, including:eliminate unneeded facilities through the base closure process;streamline military medical facilities; andpursue energy consumption efficiency initiatives.The commission acknowledged it did not conduct a detailed review of those efficiency proposals, or others, but included a recommendation for Congress and the administration to look for cost-saving opportunities in areas such as “the military health system, energy savings and a reduced inventory of military facilities.”last_img