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# Flagpole Army Base in Oregon and Klondike Army Base in Alaska are

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Flagpole Army Base in Oregon and Klondike Army Base in Alaska are similar bases with similar duty loads. Despite the similarities, Klondike always has had more men than Flagpole has. Clearly, each soldier at Klondike must have to perform a smaller share of the duties, and therefore soldiers at Klondike must have more free time than do soldiers at Flagpole.

In evaluating the argument, it would be most useful to know which of the following?

A) Whether those recruits who are in a position to choose, choose Flagpole over Klondike.
B) Whether the officers administering the Flagpole and Klondike bases have had similar training.
C) Whether the morale level at Klondike is higher than the morale at Flagpole.
D) Whether regular furloughs from Klondike are longer than furloughs from Flagpole, to account for added travel time.
E) Whether similar numbers of soldiers are stationed at comparable bases throughout the country.

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10 Aug 2015, 03:37
A and E are irrelevant

C: Morale is out of scope
I was confused between B and D.But finally marked D.
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A and E are irrelevant

C: Morale is out of scope
I was confused between B and D.But finally marked D.

Variants A, B and C make inference that soldiers can choose base and because of that Klondike has a more soldiers.
And variant D says that Klondike need more soldiers to replace soldiers on vacation.

So A, B and C are possible but not must.
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30 Nov 2015, 06:55
i couldnt understand what a furlough is!Chose D by POE!!
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30 Nov 2015, 06:59
a. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
b. A usually temporary layoff from work.
c. A temporary leave of absence granted to a prisoner under special circumstances, such as the need to attend the funeral of a family member, or for a special purpose, such as participation in a work program.
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15 Apr 2018, 22:21
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Flagpole Army Base in Oregon and Klondike Army Base in Alaska are similar bases with similar duty loads. Despite the similarities, Klondike always has had more men than Flagpole has. Clearly, each soldier at Klondike must have to perform a smaller share of the duties, and therefore soldiers at Klondike must have more free time than do soldiers at Flagpole.

In evaluating the argument, it would be most useful to know which of the following?

We need something that shows why Klondike needs more soldiers than Flagpole, and that validates the stationing of more troops at Klondike. Every other option will be irrelevant for the evaluation.

A) Whether those recruits who are in a position to choose, choose Flagpole over Klondike Not required
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B) Whether the officers administering the Flagpole and Klondike bases have had similar training. Irrelevant

C) Whether the morale level at Klondike is higher than the morale at Flagpole. If morale is the reason then Klondike can have less soldiers.

D) Whether regular furloughs from Klondike are longer than furloughs from Flagpole, to account for added travel time.

E) Whether similar numbers of soldiers are stationed at comparable bases throughout the country. Irrelevant
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Flagpole Army Base in Oregon and Klondike Army Base in Alaska are similar bases with similar duty loads. Despite the similarities, Klondike always has had more men than Flagpole has. Clearly, each soldier at Klondike must have to perform a smaller share of the duties, and therefore soldiers at Klondike must have more free time than do soldiers at Flagpole.

In evaluating the argument, it would be most useful to know which of the following?

Here's how I approached this problem.

F and K = similar bases and similar workload
K more man = each soldier at K performs smaller duties = (Conclusion) soldiers at K have more free time

Assumption: Apart from workload, every other activity that the soldiers from both the bases perform must also be similar. Because if that's not the case the more time availability that soldiers at K has cannot be substantiated. With this idea in mind lets see the answer choice.

Also remember, evaluate the argument questions ask you to consider the question, statistics, or piece of information that would best help determine the logical validity of the argument presented in the stimulus.
Evaluate the argument belongs to 2nd (Help) & 3rd (Hurt)
• Information in the stimulus is suspect
• Answer choices are accepted as given, even if they include “new information”.

A) Whether those recruits who are in a position to choose, choose Flagpole over Klondike.
It doesn't matter who they choose because it is not in the scope of the argument and it won't help us evaluate that soldiers at K have more free time.

B) Whether the officers administering the Flagpole and Klondike bases have had similar training.
What if officers at K have had a better training. Does that, in any way, tell us that on the basis of the training of the officers the soldiers at K will have more time? Of course NO! Eliminate this option.

C) Whether the morale level at Klondike is higher than the morale at Flagpole.
Morale won't help. Get rid of this option.

D) Whether regular furloughs from Klondike are longer than furloughs from Flagpole, to account for added travel time.
Yes, this is the correct option.
Let's do the variance test on the answer choice.
regular furloughs from Klondike are longer than furloughs from Flagpole - Less availability of soldiers and it will impact the total availability of time for the soldiers at K. Weaken the argument.
regular furloughs from Klondike are not longer than furloughs from Flagpole - On the other hand, if furloughs are not longer than total available time will be higher for the soldiers at K and it will help strengthening the argument.

E) Whether similar numbers of soldiers are stationed at comparable bases throughout the country.
The scope of this choice is limited to only those bases. So, we can eliminate this option.

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We are only told about similarities between Flagpole & Klondike bases. The conclusion seems assume their complete similarity. Is it true that the two bases are similar in every meaningful way? Or is there some difference that would be meaningful as to time on duty and staffing? That's what we need to know?

(D) is the credited answer. If furloughs from Klondike are longer, that means at any one time, there will be more men from Klondike on leave than would be on leave at another base; this, in turn, means fewer staff people would be on base at Klondike to perform duties. Therefore, to ensure the same duty load as other bases have, Klondike would have to have more men assigned to it. This logically explains the discrepancy by supplying a meaningful difference.

(A) & (C) are only weakly suggestive, and both can be determined by a wide variety of other factors. Many factors can determine which base a new recruit would prefer, and many factors would determine morale at a base. Neither would allow for a strong conclusion either way about this argument.

As for (B), we suspect that army officer training is relatively standardized throughout the country, that there would be no meaningful difference in the overall officer training at one base vs. another. In particular, it's very hard to imagine any training regimen for officers that would say routinely giving men a great deal of extra free time beyond what is standard is a good idea. It's not reasonable to expect that anything involving difference in officer training would account for the staffing differences at these two bases.

As for (E): we already know there is a difference between the number of assigned to Flagpole and to Klondike. Knowing how many men are assigned to bases in general would give us a better idea which one of these two bases is further from the average, but it wouldn't shed light specifically on why they are staffed differently.
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