Military Professions

For decades, RAND has conducted extensive research to help U.S. and allied decisionmakers design training and career development programs that will attract and retain military professionals capable of meeting a nation's national security and defense goals.

  • Report

    Improving Development Teams to Support Deliberate Development of Air Force Officers

    This report examines the ways development teams assist Air Force officers with their professional development and assesses the future of these teams.

    Nov 24, 2015

  • Report

    Reducing Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortages

    Examines potential paths for overcoming the persistent and critical shortage of fighter pilots that the Air Force has faced over the past several decades.

    Nov 24, 2015

  • U.S. Marine Corps General, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a meet and greet with airmen on Yokota Air Base, Japan, November 4, 2015


    Investing in Military Human Capital

    A new effort to review the military's personnel system will focus initially on policies to assign, evaluate, and promote service members. To truly address systematic challenges, however, the scope will need to widen to include how the various military services might size, structure, and support key missions.

    Nov 5, 2015

  • News Release

    U.S. Military Drawdown Could Affect Gains in Service Member Diversity

    Planned, large-scale personnel reductions in the U.S. military could inadvertently reduce gains made in the racial and gender diversity of the force since the 1990s.

    Oct 26, 2015

  • A private security contractor and soldiers look at a destroyed vehicle after an attack near Najaf, Iraq, May 18, 2006


    Military Security Contractors Get PTSD, Too

    Largely absent from the conversation about the use of military security contractors are the parallel issues of mental health and the deployment-related stress contractors can face.

    Jun 12, 2015

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing to learn about the ICBM mission and the people who operate, maintain, secure, and support the Minuteman III weapon system


    America's New Missile Gap

    With the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military refocused on the non-nuclear realm. In most cases, military professionals moved seamlessly into this realm, but the land-based missileers lacked the option to shift their focus.

    Feb 25, 2014

  • Report

    The Future of the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force

    Assesses alternatives for a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) across a broad set of potential characteristics and situations and weighs them against the costs of those alternatives.

    Feb 4, 2014

  • News Release

    New Modeling Tool Will Help Military Improve Retention and Manage Its Compensation System

    A new modeling tool will allow the U.S. military to understand the workforce effects of permanent compensation and other workforce policies during a transition period, as well the effects of temporary policies such as pay freezes and furloughs.

    Aug 26, 2013

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    Replacing the C-130E

    The C-130 fleet performs critical air mobility functions for the nation, but part of that fleet is at risk from age-related factors. Which alternative aircraft would provide the required performance at lowest cost?

    Aug 20, 2013

  • a female engagement team (FET) commanding officer, crawls through a doorway during a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan


    Pentagon Announces Plans to Integrate Women in Combat

    Senior Pentagon officials announced today that by 2016, women will be allowed to join front-line combat roles, including infantry, armor, and special operations. RAND has conducted research on the evolving roles of women in the military and has several experts available to discuss the DoD's policies.

    Jun 18, 2013

  • Report

    A Strategic Approach to Joint Officer Management: Analysis and Modeling Results

    As part of an effort examining officer development in joint matters, the authors use data analysis and complex modeling to identify billets that provide and/or require joint experience and to assess the supply and demand of joint officers.

    Jul 16, 2009

  • Report

    Qualifying Military Health Care Officers as "Joint": Weighing the Pros and Cons

    This research, part of a larger project examining the preparation and support of leaders in the medical field, evaluates the need for and feasibility of qualifying health care officers as ''joint'' officers.

    Mar 25, 2009

  • Report

    Looking to the Future: What Does Transformation Mean for Military Manpower and Personnel Policy?

    Discusses how manpower and personnel policies can be used to produce the changes in military culture needed for transformation.

    Dec 20, 2004

  • Report

    Learning About Quality: How the Quality of Military Personnel Is Revealed Over Time

    Extends the military services' customary definition of quality -- high school diploma graduate and scoring in the upper half on the Armed Forces Qualification Test -- to include performance as indicated by speed of promotion during the first term.

    Jan 1, 2003

  • People

    Raymond E. Conley

    Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education D.P.A. (doctorate of public administration), University of Alabama; M.S. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.B.A., Louisiana Tech University; B.A. in industrial production, University of Oklahoma

  • People

    Chaitra M. Hardison

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley

  • People

    Margaret C. Harrell

    Associate Director, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, University of Virginia; M.S. in systems analysis and management, The George Washington University; B.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Virginia

  • People

    Henry A. Leonard

    Senior International/Defense Analyst
    Education B.S. in engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point; M.P.A. in economics and public policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

  • People

    Shirley M. Ross

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, George Washington University; M. Phil in industrial/organizational psychology, George Washington University; B.A. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Missouri at St. Louis

  • People

    Peter Schirmer

    Director, Emerging Policy Research & Methods; Senior Management System Analyst
    Education M.B.A., Georgetown University; M.P.P., University of Michigan; B.A., University of Kentucky