Military Officers


Commissioned military officers are trained in leadership and management. RAND has conducted extensive research to advise policymakers on how to design training and career development programs that will attract and retain military leaders capable of meeting a nation's strategic goals.

  • Lt. Brendan Shields, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is pinned to the rank of lieutenant by Chief Warrant Officer Tony Cochran during a promotion ceremony on Ford's fo c'sle, photo by Chuck Little / Alamy Stock Photo


    Reducing Rework in Officer Appointment Processes

    Apr 19, 2021

    Appointment scrolls are required for initial appointment of officers and for reappointment in a different grade, military service, or component. But the appointment and promotion scrolling process takes time. What improvements could increase the efficiency of these processes?

  • 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?

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