Military Force Planning


Ensuring that a modern military has the appropriate personnel and capabilities is the key goal of military force planning. RAND research on such topics as military wages, support for military families, troop diversity, and reenlistment rates ensures that U.S. and allied militaries are well aware of issues related to career field management and personnel retention and recruitment.

  • U.S. Army paratroopers jump from a C-17 Globemaster III over the Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, June 12, 2013, photo by Paolo Bovo/U.S. Army


    Reimagining and Modernizing U.S. Airborne Forces for the 21st Century

    Apr 20, 2016

    Many of the challenges the U.S. will face in the coming years across the range of military operations could be deep inland and require rapid response. Airborne forcible entry — with reimagined and modernized airborne forces — would offer decisionmakers options in crises that they do not possess today.

  • Staff Sgt. Roger L. Whaley speaks with a candidate at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Radcliff, Ky., photo by Sgt. Carl N. Hudson/U.S. Army


    Recruiting Strategies to Support the Army's All-Volunteer Force

    Mar 31, 2016

    The all-volunteer U.S. Army has been in existence for more than 40 years but its success hinges on its ability to meet its recruiting requirements. A new model can help the Army analyze the cost of different recruiting strategies, resource mixes, and eligibility policies in a range of recruiting environments.

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