Bruce R. Orvis

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Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; A.B. in psychology, University of Rochester

Media Resources

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Overview

Bruce R. Orvis is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. From 2001 to 2011, he directed the Manpower and Training Program in RAND's Army Research Division and, before that, was associate director from 1991 to 2000.

Orvis's research covers a broad range of national defense issues. They include assessment of future military and civilian personnel requirements, supply, and the implications for Army recruiting and personnel policies; the relationship among soldier characteristics, training, and performance, including qualification for service in Special Forces; workforce capability and productivity; military personnel structures and costs; officer commission production, considering diversity, ROTC staffing and scholarship policy, and economic conditions; national testing of military recruiting initiatives; direction and analysis of national surveys of youth and their parents concerning military service; peacetime and wartime military deployments, including deployability, effects on soldiers and their families, and implications for retention, term length, and recruiting flows; personnel stabilization to increase job qualification rates in the Army RC; integration of manpower, personnel, and training issues into the acquisition of weapon and support systems; and servicemember substance abuse.

He served as a special consultant to the National Academy of Sciences on military recruiting and on the Scientific Review Panel for the Army's 21st century soldier requirements study. He received an A.B. with distinction from the University of Rochester, where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa. He subsequently attended the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he received a Ph.D. in psychology.

Recent Projects

  • Future military and civilian personnel requirements, supply, and the implications for recruiting and personnel policies
  • Relationship among soldier characteristics, training, and performance
  • Officer commission production, considering diversity, ROTC staffing and scholarship policy, and economic conditions
  • Direction and analysis of national surveys of youth and their parents concerning military service
  • Peacetime and wartime military deployments, including deployability, effects on soldiers and their families, and implications for retention, term length, and recruiting flows

Selected Publications

Bruce R. Orvis et al., Effect of Personnel Quality on the Performance of Patriot Air Defense System Operators, RAND Corporation (R-3901-A)

Bruce R. Orvis et al., Ensuring Personnel Readiness in the Army Reserve Components, RAND Corporation (MR-659-A)

Bruce R. Orvis et al., Military Recruiting Outlook: Recent Trends in Enlistment Propensity and Conversion of Potential Enlisted Supply, RAND Corporation (MR-677-A/OSD)

Bruce R. Orvis and Beth J. Asch, Military Recruiting: Trends, Outlook, and Implications, RAND Corporation (MR-902-A/OSD)

Bruce R. Orvis et al., PACER SHARE Productivity and Personnel Management Demonstration: Third Year Evaluation, RAND Corportation (MR-310-P&R)

Bruce R. Orvis and Martin T. Gahart, Quality-Based Analysis Capability for National Youth Surveys, RAND Corporation (R-3675-FMP)

David S. Loughran and Bruce R. Orvis, The Effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength (ARMS) Program on Army Accessions and Attrition, RAND Corporation (TR-975-A)

Bruce R. Orvis, Validity and Usefulness of Enlistment Intention Information, RAND Corporation (R-3775-FMP)

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Washington Post

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