Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ANSF Hobbled by Illiteracy

According to a recent news article the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are 'hobbled' by illiteracy. More than half the numbers of the Afghan military and police don't know how to read or write and those that do are at the 3rd grade level. Despite millions of dollars provided by the United States to improve literacy (currently there is a $200 million contract to three different firms to implement the program) the ANSF still has a low literacy rate. This partly stemming from the huge churn of personnel. The many recruits that do join the ANSF don't stay very long; so they arrive illiterate and some receive training - and promptly depart for better jobs in the civilian sector. Read more in "Afghan Forces Hobbled by illiteracy, U.S. Inspector Says", Bloomberg News, January 28, 2014.

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