An optimal allocation of recruiter and facilities in the 12th Marine Corps District
Doll, James M.
Thomas, George W.
Read, Robert R.
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This thesis studies category I-IIIA all-service accessions at the county level in the 12th Marine Corps District. A production function is presented to model Marine Corps accessions in the 12th District using Propensity weighted Qualified Military Available (PQMA) and the number of recruiters. The recruiting force is allocated according to this nonlinear production function and a "greedy" algorithm to obtain an integer, heuristically optimal allocation. Each recruiting facility's value is determined by its number of recruiters and the PQMA in the county. A 10% recruiting facility reduction plan is proposed by using an optimal facility allocation model that maximizes the pool of aptitude category I-IIIA potential enlistees. Finally, a determination of the "best" facility manning level is presented as a recruiter assignment decision aid. The recommendations are: Align the recruiting force to exploit the location of aptitude category I--IIIA individuals by using the county recruiter allocation model; use the facility reduction model which maximizes PQMA to close excess recruiting facilities; attempt to operate two recruiter facilities as the preferred manning level and consider further research on the optimal allocation of the entire Marine Corps recruiting force.
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