Manpower and Training Program

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The Manpower and Training Program focuses on policies that help the U.S. Army attract and retain the right people, and train and manage them in a way that maximizes their capabilities. This includes active-component personnel, members of the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, civilians, and contractors. The program is directed by Michael Hansen.

RAND staff working in the Manpower and Training Program have a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and include economists, psychologists, public policy analysts, political scientists, historians, and operations researchers. The composition of each study team is chosen to ensure the appropriate subject-matter expertise is available to rigorously and objectively address the study's critical issues.

Sponsors of Manpower and Training Research

Each study in the program is sponsored by a senior Army leader; a study may be jointly sponsored by two or more leaders. Before accepting funding for any new study, we work closely with sponsor and staff to ensure that the project focuses on a major policy concern, and that its tasks are carefully scoped to allow objective, analytic research in a timely manner.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command are the most frequent sponsors of studies in the Manpower and Training Program. However, we support a variety of senior Army leaders, and provide objective research and analysis for the entire Army.

Research Streams

The program sustains research streams in five policy domains (below). Within these streams, the program provides expertise and analysis developed over many years of focused and sustained research, as well as short-term, quick-response support on critical issues.

Total Force Management

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Measuring the Army’s Deployment Experience Across Components
  • The Future of the Army's Civilian Workforce
  • Estimating Institutional Army Manpower Requirements to Support Army Strategic Planning

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Recruiting and Retention

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Making the Reserve Retirement System Similar to the Active System
  • Army Special Forces Human Capital Recruitment Analysis
  • Marketing and Resources Needed to Meet Future Personnel Requirements

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Leader Development

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program
  • Effectiveness of the ROTC Officer Development Program
  • Professional Development Implications of the Regionally Aligned Forces Concept

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Training Readiness and Effectiveness

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Establishing Empirically Derived Training Readiness Thresholds
  • Assessing Analytic Proficiency
  • Active Component Responsibility in Reserve Component Pre- and Post-Mobilization Training

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Soldier and Family Support

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Future Army Installations: Alternative Constructs
  • Assessing the Needs of Soldiers and Their Families
  • Boots on the Ground and Dwell Time: Implications for Unit Effectiveness, Training, and Soldier Well-Being

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For more about a particular research stream, contact Michael Hansen, Director, Manpower & Training Program