Crew Ratio Implications for 24-Hour War Fighting

by Gerald Stiles

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This report describes the contents and findings of a military manpower policy study prompted by the around-the-clock warfighting tempo experienced by the U.S. forces on Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait in 1991. This study confirms anecdotes from this war that man, and not machine, has in many instances become the pacing factor in the 24-hour, around-the-clock, warfighting arena. The extent to which this occurred, the elements that influence it, and the resulting implications were the foci of the research reported in this document.

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