Military Personnel Retention

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The retention of qualified military personnel—enlisted forces as well as officers—is essential to preserving morale and unit readiness and to avoiding the costs associated with training replacement personnel in essential skills. By examining issues from PERSTEMPO and the effects of multiple deployments to family readiness and child care, RAND research supports military leaders' efforts to monitor and successfully maintain an optimal force structure.

  • U.S Marines static line jump from a KC-130J Hercules over Drop Zone Basilone on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 10, 2020, photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels/U.S. Marine Corps

    Report

    How Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Affect Separation from the U.S. Military

    Feb 8, 2021

    Exposure to sexual assault doubles the odds that a service member will separate from the military within 28 months. Those who are sexually harassed also have a higher risk of separation. In addition to the psychological and physical effects on the service member, this is costly for the services and harms military readiness.

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    Setting the Level and Annual Adjustment of Military Pay

    Dec 17, 2020

    Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) commissions a review of the military compensation system. How has military pay compared with civilian pay since the 1990s?

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    Irina A. Chindea

    Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Tufts University; M.A. in international relations, Tufts University; B.S. in business administration, ASE Bucharest, Romania

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    John S. Crown

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, Texas A&M University; M.S. in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S. in applied mathematics, Air Force Institute of Technology

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    John B. Halstead

    Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in systems and information engineering, University of Virginia; M.S.S. in strategic studies, Army War College; M.S. in operations research, Kansas State University; B.S in mathematics of operations research, United States Military Academy

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    Michael L. Hansen

    Associate Director, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Boston College; B.A. in economics, Kalamazoo College

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    James Hosek

    Adjunct Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in English, Cornell University

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    Kirsten M. Keller

    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Maryland; M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Maryland; B.A. in psychology, Franklin and Marshall College

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    Nelson Lim

    Director, Workforce, Development, and Health Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Molly F. McIntosh

    Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley

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    Bruce R. Orvis

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; A.B. in psychology, University of Rochester

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    Leslie Adrienne Payne

    Political Scientist
    Education M.A. in security policy studies, The George Washington University; M.A. in international political theory, The New School for Social Research; B.A. in cultural anthropology, Howard University

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    Ellen M. Pint

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University