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July 2018

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Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, a dietitian at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, recommends healthy food and beverage choices to a patient, December 9, 2016

Jacob Sippel/U.S. Navy

How Well Are Service Members Taking Care of Themselves?

RAND updated, administered, and analyzed data from the most recent Defense Department Health Related Behaviors Survey in 2015. Among the findings: more than half of service members got less sleep than they need, e-cigarette use is a growing problem, rates of binge drinking remained nearly as high as in 2011, and the prevalence of specific chronic diseases among service members was relatively low compared to the general U.S. population.

The health behaviors assessed in the survey may affect force readiness or the ability of military personnel to meet the demands of military life. The results suggest that certain groups of service members warrant targeted intervention to prevent multiple negative health outcomes and to improve current behaviors.

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Featured Research

Testimonies

Russian RS-24 Yars/SS-27 Mod 2 solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015

Reuters/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Russian Nuclear Forces and Prospects for Arms Control

Austin Long

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U.S. soldiers watch an Afghan soldier sign for the transfer of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Afghan security forces on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, February 14, 2015, photo by U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Defense

The Challenges and the Benefits for U.S. National Security of Providing Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan: Addendum: Responses to Post-Hearing Questions for the Record

Laurel E. Miller

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National Security Research Division (FFRDC)

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Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force

Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Response to Section 1276 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

George Nacouzi et al.

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U.S. Army/Reuters

Establishing Gender-Neutral Physical Standards for Ground Combat Occupations: Volume 1. A Review of Best-Practice Methods

Chaitra M. Hardison et al.

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Master Sgt. Renee Baldwin fires a .50-caliber machine gun during training last summer at Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr range in Germany

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Establishing Gender-Neutral Physical Standards for Ground Combat Occupations: Volume 2. A Review of the Military Services' Methods

Chaitra M. Hardison et al.

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Rethinking the Regional Order for Post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia

Samuel Charap et al.

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Customs and border security

Rene Drouyer/Getty Images

Looking to the Future of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP): Assessment of the Consolidation of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the DIBP (2016–2017)

Daniel M. Gerstein et al.

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Project Air Force (FFRDC)

U.S. Air Force pilots conduct pre-flight checklists at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, November 4, 2014

Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard

Enhancing Air Force Materiel Command Support to the Warfighter

Kristin F. Lynch et al.

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Arroyo Center (FFRDC)

Members of Battle Group Poland stage their vehicles upon arriving at the city of Suwalki, Poland, during an exercise to enhance NATO throughout the Baltic region and Poland, June 17, 2017

Capt. John Strickland/U.S. Army

The Russian Challenge

David A. Shlapak

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Army communications satellites

U.S. Army

Lessons from Others for Future U.S. Army Operations in and Through the Information Environment

Christopher Paul et al.

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ncoming commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne), receives the USASOAC colors from the commanding general, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Master Sgt. Shannon Blackwell, USASOAC Public Affairs/U.S. Army

Comprehensive Deterrence Forum: Proceedings and Commissioned Papers

Becca Wasser et al.

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