Non-Prior Service W Pattern.
AIR TRAINING COMMAND RANDOLPH AFB TEX DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ANALYSIS
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Specific objectives established for the study were to determine the cost of fluctuations and seek practical alternatives to minimize the peaks and valleys of the W Pattern. Fluctuations of a seasonal nature affect the flow of new enlisted recruits into the Air Force. These seasonal variations have been labeled the Non-Prior Service W Pattern. This report examines the recruitingtraining tradeoff. Five recruiting flow patterns are compared according to their relative impact on training and recruiting. These flow patterns are optimum flow for the training community with and without BMT and TT Christmas breaks programmed flow for Fiscal Year FY 1977 optimum flow for Recruiting Service and a highly fluctuating pattern called the Historical W Pattern. The analysis clearly demonstrates that both the optimum flow for Recruiting Service and the Historical W Pattern are inferior recruiting flow options. Selection of the best of the three remaining alternatives reduces to a toss-up between programed flow for FY 1977 and BMT Optimum flow with the BMT and TT Christmas breaks.
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