The Officer Force Progression Model

A Steady-State Mathematical Model of the U.S. Air Force Officer Structure

by S. H. Miller, Laura Critchlow Sammis, Herb Shukiar


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Describes a computer-based model, the Officer Force Progression Model, that is designed to provide personnel planners with broadly based aggregated data and detailed officer inventories as well as flows reflecting the effects of policies and conditions under investigation. The model's purpose is to assist the Air Force in achieving stable accession and training rates, smooth career progression, and control of officer inventory by year group. The personnel planner can use the model to compute the long-range effects of changes in terms of promotion opportunities, promotion phase points, augmentations, force cuts or expansions, and the inventory of officers by component, grade, aeronautical rating, source of commission, and years of service.

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