Recruitment of quality soliders (the case of the Pakistani Army)
Gates, William R.
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This thesis studies two aspects of Army manpower: (1) quality issues in the Army manpower, and (2) the influence of economic variables (military compensation, advertising, and unemployment rate) on enlistment decision of the youth population, particularly high quality Army recruits. The level of education and scores on applicants' aptitude tests are the basic determinants of soldier quality. However, military training and environmental factors help to improve the quality of soldiers. With regards to the impact of economic variables, basic military pay, and education incentives, the is "money for college education", have major influences on enlistment decision of potential high quality recruits. Advertising and unemployment rates also have considerable impact on the enlistment decision. Following a discussion on quality and influence of economic variables, a model is formulated to minimize the Army's total cost subject to a given level of readiness. the model helps to determine the effect of changes in the Army readiness level, education level, unit advertising costs, unit training costs, unemployment rate, and unit equipment costs on the decision variables (manpower level, equipment level, advertising expense/costs, and training expenses.)
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