Report: CENTCOM Not Following the Rules for Deploying Advisers to Afghanistan

Troops often not given mandated training before deployment

In their latest damning audit of the Afghan War, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that Central Command (CENTCOM) has been routinely violating the deployment requirements for advisers to Afghanistan.

Under mandated deployment rules, anyone being sent to Afghanistan to serve as an adviser is meant to undergo adviser training first. Only about half of those surveyed received any training at all, and mostly not the right sorts of training.

SIGAR further found that the Pentagon doesn’t have any metrics to gauge what progress, if any, is being achieved in the costly advisory programs. They not only haven’t been tracking it, but don’t have the means to attempt to do so.

The Pentagon has spent $421 million on the advisory program’s contracts so far. SIGAR warned that with no goals set and no way to measure progress, it’s impossible to tell if anything was accomplished.

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