Military Personnel

Armed forces include active-duty and reserve personnel, officers, and enlisted corps. RAND research and analysis helps policymakers understand how to recruit, train, and educate the military workforce and provide cost-effective health care for military personnel and their families.

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    Issues in Focus: Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    America's military caregivers are an essential part of the nation's ability to care for returning wounded warriors, but their own needs are often neglected. Terri Tanielian, a RAND senior social research analyst, will discuss this critical issue.

    Sep 23, 2014

  • An elderly man getting served a meal by his daughter

    Blog

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014

  • Keyboard key with an airplane on it

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    Technology and the Well-Being of U.S. Airmen

    Just like U.S. civilians, those serving in the Air Force use the Internet, email, texting, and social media for entertainment and to stay in touch with friends and family. But technology use can be disruptive, and “addiction” could signal broader issues.

    Aug 25, 2014

  • U.S Marine with many medals

    Blog

    Mending the Marriage Between Colleges and the Military

    Without a concerted effort to change military executive education, military services will continue a misguided effort to buy academic credibility, and some elite universities will continue selling their names. Most importantly, the Untied States will miss an opportunity to hone the critical thinking of its next generation of military leaders.

    Aug 18, 2014

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    How Deployments Affect the Capacity and Utilization of Army Treatment Facilities

    This study examines how the Army's Force Generation (ARFORGEN) deployment cycle affects capability and soldier health care utilization at Army military treatment facilities and how it affects family health care utilization.

    Aug 7, 2014

  • Distressed soldier with counselor

    Blog

    Military and Veteran Mental Health: Why Should Psychiatrists Care?

    What's happening in the mental health world of the U.S. military and veterans is of great interest to all American psychiatrists. The local impact of recent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan runs much deeper than just the number of veterans in a particular practice or community.

    Aug 6, 2014

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    Toward Improved Management of Officer Retention: A New Capability for Assessing Policy Options

    This report documents efforts to implement a capability for the U.S. Department of Defense to assess alternative policies to enhance officer retention provides source code and foundations of a spreadsheet version of the model.

    Jul 28, 2014

  • A sensor operator and pilot follow a vehicle with a remotely piloted aircraft in a flight training simulator

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    Building Toward an Unmanned Aircraft System Training Strategy

    Unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — have become increasingly prevalent in and important to U.S. military operations. Training now needs to be integrated more formally and cost-effectively into service and joint training programs.

    Jul 28, 2014

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    Enhancing Performance Under Stress: Stress Inoculation Training for Battlefield Airmen

    USAF pararescue and combat controllers routinely recover downed or injured military personnel and direct military aircraft in hostile or denied regions. Consequently, to be effective in these careers requires the ability to cope with severe stress.

    Jul 23, 2014

  • Man in wheelchair with caregiver, sitting by a lake

    Blog

    Parallel Caregiver Crises, Military and Civilian

    Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.

    Jul 9, 2014

  • The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona June 11, 2014

    Blog

    Private Mental Health Providers Must Stand Ready to Help Veterans

    Not all veterans wish to seek services at or through the VA, and many may not meet eligibility criteria. The VA is a critical component of the health care delivery system for former U.S. servicemembers, but it cannot and should not comprise the system alone.

    Jun 27, 2014

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    Changing the Army's Weapon Training Strategies to Meet Operational Requirements More Efficiently and Effectively

    Outlines directions the Army could take to improve its weapon training strategies and how they are developed to better support operational requirements and unit readiness processes, capitalize on training technologies, and increase efficiency.

    Jun 25, 2014

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    Blog

    Ask Me Anything: Rajeev Ramchand on Military Caregivers

    With military caregivers quickly becoming a topic of national discussion, RAND's Rajeev Ramchand hosted an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit last week, fielding a variety of questions about military caregivers and other issues concerning mental health and the U.S. military.

    Jun 24, 2014

  • U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Bob Bergdahl and Jami Bergdahl as he delivers a statement about the release of their son, prisoner of war U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington May 31, 2014

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    The Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Exchange Isn't New, but Presents Unique Questions

    While it's been many years since the United States secured the release of a POW via prisoner exchange, RAND's Jonah Blank, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member, says that such deals are nothing new.

    Jun 4, 2014

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    Making the Reserve Retirement System Similar to the Active System: Retention and Cost Estimates

    A proposal allowing vested Army reservists to receive military retirement benefits immediately upon retiring is analyzed for effects on the size and experience mix of the Army reserve and active components and on Army personnel costs.

    Jun 4, 2014

  • Marines check their rifles after a patrol with Afghan soldiers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

    Blog

    Women Writing War: A List of Essential Contemporary War Literature by Women

    Women veterans are telling their stories, adding to the tales of war and homecoming that men have been recording from the Odyssey and Iliad on. Their diverse voices can deepen our understanding of the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population.

    May 28, 2014

  • Woman pushing a disabled man in a wheelchair

    Blog

    One Military Caregiver's Story

    America should not forget the sacrifices of those who care for the wounded. Rachel O'Hern tells the story of her life as a military caregiver, one of millions of spouses, siblings, parents, children, and friends who support service members and veterans with physical or emotional injuries or illnesses.

    May 23, 2014

  • Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott III, 18th Air Force commander, passes the wing flag to Col. Gina Grosso, the new 87th Air Base Wing commander, during an assumption of command ceremony here March 3. Colonel Grosso will be the first joint base commander of JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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    Improving Demographic Diversity in the U.S. Air Force Officer Corps

    To what extent does the representation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the Air Force match the make-up of the general population? Despite the Air Force's efforts, minority groups and women are underrepresented in the active-duty line officer population, particularly among senior leaders.

    May 20, 2014

  • A master resiliency trainer for the 374th Airlift Wing talks to Airmen about resiliency at the First Term Airmen Center.

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    An Evaluation of the Implementation and Perceived Utility of the Airman Resilience Training Program

    Airman Resilience Training (ART) is a psychoeducational program designed to improve reactions to stress during and after deployment and to increase the use of needed mental health services. Its effectiveness is examined as part of an effort to evaluate programs that support psychological health and care for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    May 19, 2014

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    Event

    Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    Military caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Terri Tanielian and Rajeev Ramchand will present the challenges today's military caregivers face, and what Congress and others can do to support them.

    May 15, 2014