The Military Enlistment Process. What Happens and Can It Be Improved?
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Examines the military enlistment process by tracing the outcomes of individuals who applied for active duty in fiscal year 1977. The analysis located previously unsuspected, major losses of applications who met service educational and medical standards, but did not take the medical examination. Since the All Volunteer Force was introduced in 1973, the military services have annually screened hundred of thousands of applicants. To monitor the performance of the recruiting process, service and OSD managers need routine information on what happens in the process, to whom, and why. The militarys applicant data systems have an information potential not now realized, although it easily could be with only small changes in what kinds of data are entered, how promptly, and in what form, and in the information processing technology i.e., computer hardware and software required to support these changes. This report shows how these changes would let services and OSD managers monitor and manage the recruitment process more effectively as its parameters change during the 1980s and the 1990s.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations