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The military has long planning and operational horizons, vast amounts of data that affect the decisionmaking process, and customarily short tours of duty for decisionmaking personnel. The Compensation, Accessions, and Personnel Management (CAPM) system was designed to merge data and tools for analysis and to assist coordination of policy efforts. It is an Excel-based integrated decision support system using several modules written in Visual Basic for Applications. It combines data access, policy projection, and supporting analysis tools in a flexible, integrated platform. The system consists of several levels: (1) a graphic user interface, (2) models, (3) databases, (4) a collection of miscellaneous software tools, and (5) a hardware setup. This report provides a general overview of the CAPM system, with a conceptual discussion of the model design and approach. It describes the CAPM user interface and discusses the various notebooks used in the software, the settings and options available when using them, and how to inspect the output of model runs. It also provides a detailed description of the CAPM functions that can be manipulated when studying policy changes. Companion documents provide the background and theory behind CAPM (MR-1667-AF/OSD) and a tutorial and exercises for the model (MR-1669-AF/OSD).

The research reported here was sponsored by the United States Air Force and by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The research was conducted in RAND's Project AIR FORCE, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Air Force, and in RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center supported by the OSD, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies.

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