Evaluating Army Bases' Ability to Support Maneuver Training: A Linear Programming Approach
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The United States Army is facing a significant challenge to maintain the training readiness of its force. The supply of training land has not significantly increased since the end of World War II whereas the demand for training land has substantially increased due primarily to an increase in the size of the force stationed in the Continental United States CONUS and improved technologies demanding larger areas for effective training. This thesis develops and solves a linear programming model that evaluates the military value of a CONUS Army installations ability to train stationed units. The model determines what percentage of units can perform required maneuver training, what is the reduction in land size required to allow required maneuver training to be performed, what is the impact of reducing the number of days training areas are available, and what is the impact of increasing the number of stationed units. The model was used for an extensive study of Fort Hood, Texas and indicates only 84 of the required maneuver training can be achieved using the current requirements. All required maneuver training can only be accomplished when some units are assigned only 40 of the required amount of land. When the number of days available for training is reduced by two-thirds, the percentage of required maneuver training accomplished decreases from 84 to 75. For the 1998 increased number of units at Fort Hood, the percentage of required maneuver training performed again drops to 75. Maneuver training, United States Army training, Training circular 25-1, Base realignment and closure, Fort Hood.
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