Military Readiness: Clear Policy and Reliable Data Would Help DOD Better Manage Service Members' Time Away from Home, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 2MB]
"In 1999, Congress required DOD (Department of Defense) to monitor the time that individual service members spend away from home and set a threshold to limit excessive time away. At the time, the threshold was no more than 220 days served away from home in a 365-day period. In the interest of national security, in 2001 DOD exercised a provision in the law and waived the requirement to limit time away for service members. Recently, DOD leaders have stated that the continued high pace of military operations have limited their ability to rebuild readiness.Senate Report 114-255 includes a provision for GAO (Government Accountability Office) to review the root causes of degraded readiness, including reviewing DOD's management of perstempo. This report assesses the extent to which DOD, the services, and SOCOM (Special Operations Command) have (1) policies with specific and measurable thresholds on perstempo and (2)reliable data to monitor perstempo."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/