Accession Number : ADA316978

Title :   Analysis of Recruiting Costs by Interest and Aptitude.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 93-May 94

Corporate Author : SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS CORP SAN ANTONIO TX

Personal Author(s) : Leighton, Daniel L. ; Smith, D. A. ; Macomber, Gary L. ; Viera, Janelle K.

PDF Url : ADA316978

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : This study developed an analytical model of Air Force nonprior service (NPS) enlisted recruiting costs reflecting the way the Air Force recruits and its sensitivity to certain factors. These factors include the numbers and aptitude requirements of entry-level positions and the aptitudes and interests of the applicant population. After reviewing recruiting modeling literature and evaluating modeling strategies, a hybrid approach, combining cost accounting and statistical modeling, was selected. A conceptual model was constructed and the data requirements identified. Data collection consisted of two surveys and extracting data from historical files. One survey measured recruits interest in Air Force job clusters. The other obtained recruiting difficulty ratings from recruiters. Historical data was used to obtain cost information, applicant numbers, numbers of recruiters assigned, aptitude distributions, and first-term job distribution. The data was used to estimate model parameters and develop a spreadsheet. The model produced estimates of recruiting difficulty consistent with experienced recruiter judgements; its cost estimates were within 2 percent of actual costs (FY90-93). The model offers a promising analytical framework for evaluating Air Force enlisted recruiting and personnel policy. Future work could include evaluating a broader sample of applicants and cost data, and enhancing the model software's usability.

Descriptors :   *RECRUITING, *COST MODELS, *GRADE STRUCTURE(PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES, MARKET RESEARCH, ACCOUNTING, STATISTICAL DATA, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, COST ESTIMATES, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES, APTITUDE TESTS, INTELLIGENCE TESTS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE