Estimating Local Area Manpower Supply for the Reserves,
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Because military reserve centers are constrained to a fixed location, a portion of reserve manpower supply depends on conditions in the local, rather than the national, labor market. A second aspect of manpower supply that is unique to the reserves is that serving in the reserves is in many respects similar to a part-time job. These two characteristics of reserve manpower supply create numerous recruiting problems not faced by the regular branches of the service. The purpose of this report is to outline a methodology for estimating manpower supply to the reserves. The techniques rely upon economic theories of part-time and second job holding to identify factors affecting the potential labor supply at the local labor market level. The paper identifies alternative empirical models appropriate to specify reserve supply functions, and available data sources. While the emphasis in the paper is on the U.S. Army Reserve, certain aspects of the proposed methodology also would be relevant to other reserve branches.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies