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Domains of HSI - Manpower and Personnel

The Manpower and Personnel domain focuses on the number and mix of skilled personnel necessary to properly operate, maintain, and support the system being acquired. It establishes manpower requirements for new Coast Guard acquisitions that best represent the quantity and quality of personnel needed to fulfill mission requirements. We want to get the right people to the right place at the right time with the right human support services so we can get the job done.

Manpower refers to total workload which takes into account job tasks, maintenance, operations, and all other associated workload. It is the number of people or “spaces” needed to operate, maintain, and support the system. Manpower makes up over 60% of an asset’s life cycle cost, making it a major determinate of program cost and affordability. Manpower officials work closely with the program manager throughout the acquisition process to ensure they pursue engineering designs that optimize manpower and keep human resource costs at affordable levels. By establishing manpower requirements, we can identify manpower gaps or excesses that influence the current risk profile for each acquisition.

Personnel refers to the wide range of knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience levels necessary to successfully perform the job. It defines the human performance characteristics of the user population based on the system description and projected characteristics of target occupational specialties. The total workload and skills are analyzed to determine the necessary manpower requirement to ensure the success of the acquisition. Personnel attributes are design parameters.

The Manpower and Personnel team computes the manpower requirements for any given asset but that analysis does not always match the manning of that asset. It is important to understand the distinct difference between manpower & manning. The following illustration demonstrates the differences:

For more information on the Training domain, refer to the Defense Acquisitions Handbook, 6.3.1.