Accession Number : ADA138970

Title :   The Unit Status and Identity Report (UNITREP) System--What It Does and Does Not Measure.


PDF Url : ADA138970

Report Date : 12 Mar 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Information generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Unit Status and Identify Report (UNITREP) system (and its predecessor, FORSTAT) is used widely as a measurement of U.S. military readiness. Readiness reporting systems are an important means of measuring the ability of U.S. forces. Because they reflect both positive and negative conditions, they should provide information to support budgetary and resource allocation decisions for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Congress. However, for years, DOD, the Congress, GAO, and others have been concerned over the inadequacies of readiness reporting systems in terms of their design, their accuracy in reporting military status/capability, and their use in determining appropriations levels. This study analyzes the current UNITREP system and attempts to describe what the system does and does not do and how it fits into the overall military capability reporting system established by the Joint Chiefs of Staff through the Joint Reporting Structure. The data in this study should be useful to decision-makers who use UNITREP data in their deliberations. GAO staff members, too, should find it helpful, when they use UNITREP data in conjunction with their work on military assignments.

Descriptors :   *Military planning, *Operational readiness, *Military force levels, *Management planning and control, Joint military activities, Manpower, Human resources, Allocations, Billets(Personnel)

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE