Military recruiting violations rise: GAO
The Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative agency, said the
While the GAO said available information likely underestimated the problem, it showed that
Substantiated cases rose to almost 630 cases from 400, and criminal violations jumped to 70 from about 30, it said.
The report said the military's roughly 20,000 while a fairly strong economy has sustained a competitive job market and the death toll in the Iraq war has been rising.
the GAO report said.
That can hurt recruiting by damaging relationships with parents, teachers, coaches and others who have influence on potential applicants, the report said. It also can waste tax dollars if ineligible applicants are recruited and begin basic training, but do not enter military service, it said.
The report faulted the Defense Department for not establishing an "oversight framework" that requires reports on recruiter violations and sets criteria for characterizing the irregularities.
It also said the Army, Navy and Air Force measure recruiter performance primarily by the number of recruits who enlist and report to basic training, rather than the number who complete basic training.
The Marine Corps uses basic training attrition rates to evaluate recruiters, which the GAO said may deter its recruiters from committing violations.
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