Accession Number : ADA621263


Title :   Assignment Problem for the U.S. Marine Corps: Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization Program


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Seipel, Petra L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a621263.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 85


Abstract : U.S. Marine Corps recently developed the Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization Program (RCLF), which assigns newly promoted sergeants and commissioned officers to one of the 17 regions established by the RCLF office. As of now, there is no formal process established in assigning Marines to one of the 17 regions. The assignment is done manually and oftentimes, by random allocation without a standard operating procedure. We developed two integer-programming models and a matching algorithm that utilizes top trading cycle and serial dictatorship. These models optimize the assignment based on Marines and USMC preferences. We find that the benchmark integer programing model is the best in terms of assigning most Marines within their top four choices. Regardless, satisfaction rate of any of the three models are higher than the random assignment model.


Descriptors :   *CULTURE , *MARINE CORPS , *MILITARY TRAINING , ALLOCATIONS , ENLISTED PERSONNEL , LANGUAGE , MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , MODELS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , STANDARDS , THESES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE