HOW DL CAN IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
As discussed in Chapter Three, reclassification is one of the strategies the Army employs to reduce personnel shortages and, in particular, to increase fill rates in shortage MOSs. It reutilizes existing manpower to fill force structure requirements. Reclassification courses give the Army an additional way to fine-tune its personnel distribution processes. Reclassification also gives soldiers additional flexibility in their choice of occupation, with the result that fewer valuable soldiers might leave the force.
In this chapter we first discuss the sources, process, and number of Army reclassifications and what benefits reclassification provides in reducing shortage MOSs. We then discuss how DL can help expedite the process and thus enhance the benefits of reclassification in this area. Finally, we discuss some of the potential forcewide benefits of DL reclassification.
Reclassification candidates can come from a number of sources. One source is occupations in which the Army has a surplus. For example, although the force as a whole is short in SL1 soldiers, 18 percent of the MOSs in FY99 actually had a surplus. That surplus numbered some 6,250 soldiers at the MOS level of detail, two-thirds the number of shortages at that level. Table 4.1 shows some MOSs