Estimating the Costs of Changes in the Active/Reserve Balance
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Management of the total military force requires a determination of the proper role of the Selected Reserve. Both the executive and legislative branches of the government have increasingly looked to an expansion of the reserves as a potentially cost-effective way of maintaining the capability requirements of the total force. This trend has created the need for a cost methodology capable of supporting activereserve force-mix decisions. This report presents a methodology for assessing the cost consequences of changing the mix of active and reserve units in the total force. The authors argue that the key to the usefulness of activereserve force structure cost studies lies in a proper specification of the problem. Toward that end, they developed a structured accounting methodology for identifying and costing the resource, activity, and mission consequences of force structure change.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations