In academia and, increasingly, corporate America, sabbaticals are a time-honored way to step aside from the daily grind and intellectually reboot. The U.S. Army should embrace something similar, writes Laura Miller.
May 7, 2008 USA Today
Laura L. Miller is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. For 25 years she has studied the lives of military personnel and their families through surveys, observations, discussion groups, one-on-one interviews, and analyses of military policy and personnel data. Research topics include military culture and organization; deployment experiences; gender integration; sexual harassment and sexual assault; social problems; health and well-being; military families; military spouse education and employment; attitudes toward gays and lesbians in the military; unit cohesion and morale; and civil-military relations. To collect primary data, Miller has traveled to more than 40 stateside installations and to overseas bases and operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Korea, Kuwait, Macedonia, Qatar, the Serb Republic, and Somalia. Miller received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.
Kirsten Keller, Laura L. Miller, Sean Robson, Coreen Farris, Brian D. Stucky, Marian Oshiro, Sarah O. Meadows, An Integrated Survey System for Addressing Abuse and Misconduct Toward Air Force Trainees During Basic Military Training, RAND (RR-964-AF), 2015
Laura L. Miller, Eyal Aharoni, Understanding Low Survey Response Rates Among Young U.S. Military Personnel., RAND (RR-881), 2015
Sarah O. Meadows, Laura L. Miller, and Sean Robson, Airman and Family Resilience: Lessons from the Scientific Literature, RAND (RR-106-AF), 2015
Esther M. Friedman, Laura L. Miller, Sarah Evans, Advancing the Careers of Military Spouses: An Assessment of Education and Employment Goals and Barriers Facing Military Spouses Eligible for MyCAA, RAND (RR-784-OSD), 2015
Laura L. Miller, Laurie T. Martin, Douglas Yeung, Matthew D. Trujillo, Martha J. Timmer, Information and Communication Technologies to Promote Social and Psychological Well-Being in the Air Force: A 2012 Survey of Airmen, RAND Corporation (RR-695-AF), 2014
Sarah O. Meadows, Laura L. Miller, and Jeremy N.V. Miles, The Association Between Military Base-Area Social and Economic Characteristics and Airmen’s Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-132-AF), 2013
Laura L. Miller, Bernard D. Rostker, Rachel M. Burns, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Terry R. West, A New Approach for Assessing the Needs of Service Members and Their Families, RAND (MG-1124), 2011
Laura L. Miller, Jennifer Kavanagh, Maria C. Lytell, Keith Jennings, Craig Martin, The Extent of Restrictions on the Service of Active-Component Military Women, RAND (MG-1175), 2012