Manning the Ready Reserve Force: A Study of the Availability of U.S. Maritime Labor to Man the Ready Reserve Force.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis studies the U.S. maritime labor force as it affects the manning of the Ready Reserve Force RRF. The focus is on the reasons for periodic variations in the labor supply within the U.S. maritime industry. The amount of labor that will be needed to man a fully-activated RRF is compared with the amount of labor predicted to be available to the RRF and the commercial world. The RRF will require about 16 percent of the predicted available labor force. Shortages are bound to occur, especially in light of past history. Recommendations to minimize the amount of shortages include instituting better union personnel management practices assignment of personnel on a nationwide rather than local basis, and pooling of union resources to meet emergencies. It is also recommended that DOD develop its own backup source of officers to man RRF ships through an extended Merchant Marine Reserve program.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations