EXAMPLE OF DETERMINING AN ASPECT
|A.||Lateral entry from civilian life;|
|B.||Lateral entry from the reserves or with prior service; and|
|C.||Entry at year 0, no prior experience (the current practice for line officers).|
For convenience, we refer to these alternatives as A, B, and C, respectively.
First we need to select a scale to measure how well each entry point alternative keeps costs reasonable. The measurement scale must be relevant to both the objective and the aspect. This objective relates to costs, and we logically start with a dollar scale with end points of higher costs and lower costs. The costs we are interested in also need to relate specifically to the entry point. Annualized accession and initial training cost data are available from the previous study.2 We____________________