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Accession Number ADA573933
Title Optimizing Marine Corps Personnel Assignments Using an Integer Programming Model.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 71p
Personal Author A. S. Hooper G. D. Ostrin
Abstract The Marine Corps has long been successful in assigning its available personnel to vacant billets. However, by our research, the Marine Corps has not been as successful in minimizing assignment costs when moving a Marine to another permanent duty station. With increased pressure on cost savings due to shrinking budgets, the importance of cost minimizing efforts is becoming more significant. This thesis examines the Marine Corps personnel assignment process and proposes a methodology for optimizing the allocation of Marine Corps personnel that minimizes assignment costs while taking into account constraints such as military occupational specialty, billet vacancies, duty station preference, and seniority. Optimization is achieved by incorporating an integer programming model into the personnel assignment process. The model is tested by contrasting the results of the actual assignments of a 15-Marine sample with the results of simulated optimization assignments of the same sample. The findings of this thesis show that the proposed methodology is both valid and feasible, and that it could yield significant monetary savings for the Marine Corps.
Keywords Billets(Personnel)
Computerized simulation
Cost reduction
Decision making
Integer programming
Marine corps
Marine corps personnel
Marine corps personnel assignment process
Military occupational specialties

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
62B - Computer Software
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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