Accession Number : ADA319515

Title :   Army Ranger Training: Safety Improvements Need to Be Institutionalized.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA319515

Report Date : JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : In February 1995, four students from the Army's Ranger Training Brigade died of hypothermia while training in a Florida swamp. The Army's investigation of the accident concluded that a number of problems contributed to the students' deaths, including the loss of important lessons learned about safety controls built up over the years, shortages of personnel, and undocumented safety responsibilities. The Fiscal Year 1996 National Defense Authorization Act requires us to assess the implementation and effectiveness of all corrective actions taken by the Army. This report provides our preliminary assessment of (1) the status of all of the Army's corrective actions, (2) the adequacy of Army oversight to ensure that the corrective actions instituted after the accident will be sustained in the future, (3) the Army's progress in implementing the authorization act's mandate to increase Brigade staffing to 90 percent of requirements, and (4) the Army's progress in establishing safety cell organizations at the Brigade.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *SAFETY, *SPECIAL FORCES, LESSONS LEARNED, SKILLS, STUDENTS, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, CELLS, RECRUITING, INFANTRY PERSONNEL, INSTRUCTIONS, HYPOTHERMIA, SWAMPS, MEDICAL EVACUATION, SPECIALIZATION.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE