A linear programming based decision support aid for Navy enlisted strength planning
Rodgers, Philip D.
Rosenthal, Richard E.
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A multi-objective linear program (MOLP) using goal programming is developed as a decision support aid in determining optimal levels of those areas of Navy enlisted strength planning which are subject to centralized management control. Over a multi-year period these decisions include monthly inventories in each paygrade, monthly total inventories, monthly advancements in the top six paygrades, and monthly recruiting goals. The model incorporates the various budgetary, Congressional, and internal Navy force structure constraints inherent in the strength planning process while minimizing deviations from desired inventory goals, ensuring inventory stability, and determining optimal recruiting goals.