ABSTRACT

Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions Needed to Effectively Manage the Preservation of the Force and Family Program, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "For nearly 2 decades, the Department of Defense has increased its reliance on SOF [Special Operations Forces], pushing some to the limits of their physical and mental well-being. To help these special forces and their families, SOCOM [U.S. Special Operations Command] established the POTFF [Preservation of the Force and Family] program in 2013. In fiscal year 2021, SOCOM expected to make about $80 million available for POTFF program activities and maintained over 800 POTFF service providers across 32 locations worldwide to care for SOF and their families. House Report 116-442 included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review the POTFF program. GAO evaluated, among other things, the extent to which SOCOM has provided subordinate commands with guidance on POTFF implementation, made POTFF services available and accessible to SOF, and developed an overarching vision for effective data usage for the POTFF program. GAO reviewed SOCOM policies and guidance and analyzed information on POTFF services and service providers. GAO also held focus groups with SOF personnel and interviewed officials managing the program."

Report Number:
GAO-22-104486
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Date:
2021-12
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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