Manpower Critical Indicators Study
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This study developed critical indicators for assessing the status and future health of Marine manpower. The first two overarching indicators address Marine Corps manpower requirements in terms of strength and the number of fully trained Marines. The next focuses on new Marines, comparing onboard Marines in their initial occupational training with requirements for the occupations. The fourth overarching indicator is the aviator inventory and its projection into the future. The last is a list of planned and actual completion dates for key inputs into the manpower process. The study also developed a series of critical indicators for the various subprocesses recruiting, retention, attrition, and initial skill training. Previously, the Marine Corps could not monitor initial skill training. Now, with the database developed during the study, the Marine Corps can monitor initial skill training time by occupational specialty. Time awaiting training can be calculated as any actual training time that exceeds planned training time. Now the Marine Corps can calculate each month both the time to train and the time awaiting training at whatever aggregation level is appropriate. This entirely new manpower process indicator should be an important tool for those who hope to improve the efficiency of the manpower process.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations