An application of operations analysis to a class of personnel problems. The problem considered is that of determining the retention rate, for a force of airmen in an Air Force service code, which has the best possible qualities on the average over the next 5 years. The most desirable retention rate is that which leads to a force with the lowest cost per unit of effectiveness. After a discussion of the criterion and constraints faced, the paper indicates the cost and effectiveness of the personnel in an Air Force service code for 5 years.
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