Accession Number : AD0704482

Title :   DROPOUTS IN COMBAT: A STOCHASTIC MODEL.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Covey,Robert Wesley

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Stochastic models of combat which have been proposed consider that the personnel on the battlefield participate fully in the battle. Observation of behavior in combat indicates that a significant portion of the forces involved do not fire their weapons. These personnel are termed dropouts and the drop-out phenomenon is discussed. A probabilistic model of combat which considers both casualty generation and the drop-out phenomenon is proposed5 This combat model has time variable rates associated with the attrition of the opposing sides. With the relaxation of this assumption, the stochastic combat model is shown to have an expected value which approximates Lanchester's Linear Law. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY PERSONNEL, BEHAVIOR), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, WARFARE, THESES

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE