A Dynamic Systems Simulation Approach to

Enlisted Personnel Management


Lee, Marc A. United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.


With the start of the second millennium, the Army is faced with unprecedented challenges to adequately meet current and future personnel requirements. This paper applies dynamic systems simulation as a decision support tool in meeting the changing manpower requirements of the 21st century Army, specifically addressing the Chief of Staff of the Army's force allocation and transformation guidance. Using a systems approach to model manpower needs, the simulation integrates force attrition and retention, recruiting, force allocation, and enlisted life-cycle management concerns into a comprehensive dynamic systems model. The model output provides feasible policy alternatives to assist decision makers in managing the complexities of the enlisted personnel management system.