A Decision Support Tool for Determining Army Enlistment Initiatives
Technical rept. 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2001
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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Periodically, representatives from the United States Army Recruiting Command USAREC, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel DCSPER and the Personnel Command PERSCOM meet to form the Enlisted Incentive Review Board EIRB. The task of the EIRB is to determine the enlistment incentives to offer for each MOS to ensure the Army meets recruiting goals while remaining within the recruiting budget. The current method of assigning enlistment incentives does not consider recruit preferences for incentives and thus cannot predict the number of enlistments for a given incentive nor can it evaluate the effects of new incentives. The EIRB requires a quantitative decision support tool that will assist the members in doing the following predict the number of individuals who will enlist into a given MOS over a certain time of service for a given incentive determine the optimal mix of incentives to offer for each MOS to meet its recruiting goal minimize the deviation from the recruiting goals for each MOS to remain within the recruiting budget. This paper describes the methodology used to create such a decision support tool, known as the Enlisted Bonus Distribution Model.
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