Personnel, Training, and Health

Soldiers training


RAND analyses help policymakers understand how to recruit, train and educate civilian and military personnel and provide cost-effective health care for active and retired members and their families.


RAND research on military personnel, training, and health issues is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

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  • Servicemembers from all four military branches salute during the 50th Annual EOD Memorial Service, May 4, 2019, photo by Samuel King Jr./U.S. Air Force

    U.S. Military Approaches to Leadership Vary Among Services

    Aug 10, 2020

    Emerging global security challenges might require different military leadership approaches and perspectives. How do the services currently develop leaders? And how do each service's personnel practices and culture influence how general and flag officers lead, manage, and advise?

  • Royal Air Force Flying Officer Syd Janota, Pilot Training Next 2.0 student, observes a fellow student flying a virtual-reality training sortie at the PTN facility at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, Texas, March 18, 2019, photo by Dan Hawkins/U.S. Air Force

    Air Force Nonrated Technical Training: Improving Efficiency

    Jun 29, 2020

    What are some ways to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the Air Force's technical training enterprise for both officers and enlisted personnel? There may be some lessons the Air Force can take from higher education institutions.

  • Navy Seaman David Vargas, left, a behavioral health technician, conducts a block design test on a patient to assess functioning of the parietal and frontal lobes at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida, Feb. 1, 2017. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel

    Optimizing the Role of Military Behavioral Health Technicians

    Jun 1, 2020

    In the Military Health System, behavioral health technicians (BHTs) play an important role supporting licensed mental health providers in evaluating and treating patients and their families. To determine how to optimize the integration of behavioral health technicians' capabilities, the RAND Corporation conducted a survey of BHTs in the Military Health System.