Enlisted Manning Levels and Ship Performance
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This investigation was undertaken to determine the relationship between the operational effectiveness of Navy ships and the manning level of selected enlisted ratings. The relationship between manning levels and ship performance was investigated on 105 naval ships over the period from January 1972 to January 1975. Manning levels in the study were expressed as the ratio of the number of personnel allocated to the ships to the number authorized. Scores achieved on final battle problems FBP following refresher training were used as the measure of ship performance. Independent variables included in the study were type of ship, paygrade, rating, and function area. Correlation coefficients were computed between manning level and performance for various combinations of the independent variables. These were tested for statistical significance. Kruskal-Wallis one-way analyses of variance were used to evaluate the effect of the major independent variables. Results of the Kruskal-Wallis one-way analyses of variance indicate that paygrades of enlisted personnel have a significant effect within the Engineering, Communications, Navigation, and Electronics FBP areas. In general, an increase in the number of personnel in the lower paygrades tends to degrade performance and an increase in the number of personnel in the higher paygrades tends to improve performance. Ship type and enlisted ratings were found to have slight effects on the relationship between manning levels and FBP scores. CIC was the only functional area in which consistent relationships were not found.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Marine Engineering