An Analysis of Chronic Personnel Shortages in the B-52 Radar Navigator Career Field
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This research effort developed two career progression models for the B-52 navigator and radar navigator career field a linear programming model and a SLAM simulation model. The linear programming model calculated the steady state conditions well, whereas the simulation model showed the dynamics present in the transient states. An analysis of the present crew force and current conditions was accomplished using these two models. Also examined were several changes currently occurring in the crew force the reduction of some staff positions, and the reduction of the draw on the B-52 crew force to man the B-1B. An increase in the size of the crew force was also studied, as were several variations on the retention rate. The last condition examined was changing the policy of allowing crewmembers to go to career broadening positions after six years of flying experience to a policy of requiring nine years of flying experience. The only condition determined to have a serious impact on meeting manning requirements was a decrease in the retention rate. The difficulty with managing the crew force when the retention rate changed was the long lead time necessary to replace the crewmembers lost. Theses.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations