Title

Simulation Analysis of Applicant Scheduling and Processing Alternatives at a Military Entrance Processing Station

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2022

Abstract

Eligibility for enlistment into the US military is assessed by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), an independent agency that reports to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and not to any specific branch of military service. This research develops a discrete-event simulation for applicant processing operations at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to investigate the viability of potential alternatives to the current applicant arrival and processing operation. Currently, all applicants arrive to the MEPS at the beginning of the processing day in a single batch. This research models and compares two alternatives with the status quo: split-shift processing, by which applicant arrivals occur in two batches: one at 06:00 and one at 11:00 and appointment-based processing, by which applicants may arrive during one of three, four, six, or eight appointment windows. Express-lane processing is also explored, in which applicants are allowed to bypass select processing stations. Experimental results indicate that split-shift processing is not viable under the current processing model due to an unacceptable decrease in applicant throughput. Results from appointment-based scenarios are mixed, with the critical factors being the time between appointment batches and their associated arrival times.

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Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).

This article was accepted for publication in The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (e-ISSN 1557-380X). It was published online by Sage in advance of appearing in an issue of JDMS.

Related work: AFIT M.S. Thesis (2022) of Jonathan Escamilla. https://scholar.afit.edu/etd/5339/

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/15485129221134536

Source Publication

The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation

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