Improving Recruit Distribution Decisions in the US Marine Corps
Decision Support Systems, 2003

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) accomplishes its mission “to put the right Marine in the right place at the right time with the right skills and quality of life” in various ways. One of these is a recruit distribution modeling (RDM) and information system that assigns new recruits to entry-level schools, thereby determining the entire career paths.

This article by Professor Hemant Bhargava and co-author Kevin J Snoap of the U.S. Navy proposes improvements to the existing Marine Corps decision processes and information systems for recruit distribution which would provide intuitive navigation through a hierarchy of switchboards, and promotes data integrity by eliminating manual data entry for data already available in the system.