OPTIMIZING PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION COST ESTIMATION AND COST COMPARISON FOR MANAGERS
Wilson, Scott T.
Hudgens, Bryan J.
Brien, Spencer T.
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Marine Corps occupational monitors currently make human resource relocation decisions without the capability to systematically compare the costs of alternative assignments. A primary weakness of current practice is a lack of communication between the assignment process and the financial systems administering permanent change of station (PCS) costs amounts. This thesis presents a systematic cost estimation and comparison tool to facilitate managerial decisions relevant to PCS assignments. To identify PCS-related managerial decisions, this study reviews the Marine Corps’ personnel assignment process, the impacts sustained by service members and their dependents, and the ensuing costs associated with PCS moves. The thesis demonstrates the model’s ability to inform managerial decisions and capture cost estimations to better assess personnel assignments. Further development is required to improve the capacity of the model, which would bolster managers’ ability to regulate assignment costs and be resilient in times of fiscal stress.
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