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Using Simulation to Model Time Utilization of Army Recruiters

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[abstract based on the first two paragraphs]

The Army has been an all-volunteer force since 1 July 1973 when the draft was finally discontinued due to the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War. According to Simpson (1994), the last draftee entered basic training in June 1973. In FY 1997, for only the second time since its conversion to an all-volunteer force, the Army came very close to not meeting its annual recruiting goal of 89,700 new recruits. This situation reflects a recent trend in which fewer young people are choosing an Army career, opting instead to look for positions in the civilian workforce.

Several factors contribute to the difficulties that are inhibiting the Army's ability to meet the requirements of its force projections. For one, the rather large increase of 26,700 in the recruiting quota from 1995 to 1997 has not been offset by a corresponding increase in personnel authorizations at the stations. This has in turn undermined the Army's ability to meet its mission goals (Kennedy, 1997). Another has been the national attention focused on recruiting personnel over allegations of behavioral impropriety in the stations, basic training camps and on the job. Image problems, and even the strength of the national economy, have likewise contributed to the relative sparseness of the recruit pool.

Keywords: Application Areas: Manpower & Personnel; OR Methodology: Computer simulation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2001

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