Austere Manning in the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG 7 Class): Lessons Learned
Technical rept. 1 Sep-30 Oct 1980
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A manpower constraint imposed on designers of the FFG 7 influenced equipment design, maintenance and support strategies, training requirements, and ship organization. Results of a brief examination of the impact of this constraint on FFG 7 design, maintenance strategy, and training needs indicated that the original manpower accommodation constraint was premature and led the ship acquisition manager to make manpower, personnel, and training assumptions that could not be realized. An important deficiency in early system planning was the failure to consider projected manpower availability for critical skill areas. The attempt to design systems for austere manning can result in low tolerance of the system for degradation to personnel levels, especially highly skilled personnel in short supply.
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