Accession Number:

ADA558189

Title:

A Multi-Stage Optimization Model for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Officer Candidate Selection

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

102.0

Abstract:

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps AFROTC faces a declining budget and increased enrollment, creating the necessity for improving officer candidate selection through the various stages of its commissioning program. Three critical stages have a major impact on the type of officer AFROTC commissions 1 the high school scholarship allocation process, 2 the in-college scholarship allocation process, and 3 commissioning. This research proposes a multi-stage model to evaluate these stages. Each stage is examined individually so that collectively AFROTC decision makers are able to meet commissioning goals. Stage one involves allocating scholarships to high school candidates using the index policy heuristic. Stage two involves examining which candidates should be awarded an enrollment allocation while taking into account the probabilities of the candidate completing field training FT and going on to commission. A logistic regression is used to estimate the probabilities of FT completion and commissioning given a candidates demographic information and college performance. Stage two is examined using dynamic programming with a knapsack formulation. Stage three involves selecting the most qualified cadets to commission into the USAF and is examined using a knapsack approach.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE