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Army Manpower Cost System (AMCOS) Economic and Budget Cost Models.

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In the past dozen years accurate estimates of the cost of military manpower by Military Occupational Specialty MOS and pay grade have played increasingly important roles in manpower planning, personnel management, and weapon system design. The authors have developed two models, one of which provides budgetary and the other, economic estimates of manpower cost. Costs for all phases of an enlisted soldiers career have been estimated for all grades and skill specialties. A prototype Management Information SystemMIS has also been built to facilitate access to the voluminous cost data produced. Additionally, the MIS has been used to demonstrate application of the models in comparison of the manpower costs of mechanized infantry battalions equipped with either the M113 or the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System. The results demonstrate that development of the Army Manpower Cost SystemAMCOS is both practicable and desirable. The authors have also identified several areas most notably training, the MIS, and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program where improvement is warranted. An added bonus is the immediate utility of the Enlisted Economic and Budget Cost Models in addressing a wide variety of Army problems. For example, the models can be applied by the MANPRINT Manpower and Personnel Integration group in the Army Research Institute for calculating manpower-weapons tradeoff analyses as well as by other Army manpower planners for analyzing the effects of changes in force composition on manpower cost.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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