A model to help determine, among alternative training and retraining programs, those that promise either the best match of manpower to requirements, and/or those that can meet requirements at minimum cost. Several factors recommend the network flow model for application to this aspect of personnel logistics. First, those considerations that must be studied to determine training flows lend themselves readily to simulation. Secondly, of the several alternative mathematical techniques, the network formulation appears to cope best with the very large systems entailed in programming Air Force personnel training. Finally, once the first set of flows has been computed, successive solutions based on changed input data can be obtained quickly and inexpensively.
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