Naval expeditionary logistics support group, training and evaluation unit: an analysis of current operations while searching for training efficiencies
Eckols, Christopher W.
Tomaszewski, Jeffrey A.
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This paper used simulation modeling and process analysis to identify efficiencies that can be gained to improve capacity and flexibility of the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Training and Evaluation Unit. The primary objectives were 1) capacity planning in the aggregate, and 2) increasing capacity by identifying instructor qualification process constraints. The researchers first used aggregate planning methodology and determined that demand exceeded capacity. Arena simulation software was subsequently utilized to simulate the instructor qualification process to determine average total time in the system and to extract the non-value added processes. The study found that newly assigned instructor candidates are subject to an inordinately long training period respective to their tour length to achieve qualification for cargo handling training and evaluation. Reasons for long training periods include a lack of feeder rates, inconsistent demand, and multiple qualification objectives for each instructor. The researchers determined that changing instructor qualification processes as well as adding civilian personnel to the training process, non-value added time can be drastically reduced, increasing the percentage of time that members are fully qualified for tasking during a prescribed assignment to TEU. These recommendations result in an effective increase in personnel for tasking without increasing personnel manning assignments.
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