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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.

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    Maintaining a Demographically Diverse Air Force Civilian Workforce

    Sep 3, 2020

    The Air Force experiences challenges in maintaining a demographically diverse civilian workforce. How can changes to policies and practices help it grow and retain civilian talent from across all demographics?

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    Predicting 36-Month Attrition in the U.S. Military

    Apr 28, 2020

    First-term attrition—in which a new enlisted recruit does not complete his or her first contract—is a costly and ongoing issue across all military service branches. Who accesses to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps?

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    Brandon Crosby

    Associate Behavioral Scientist, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in organizational psychology, University of Maryland; M.S. in organizational science, University of Maryland; B.A. in psychology, Morehouse College

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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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    Hannah Acheson-Field

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in computational biology (computer science), Brown University; M.S. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School

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    Beth J. Asch

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    John A. Ausink

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.S. in mathematics, Oxford University; B.S. in mathematics and physics, U.S. Air Force Academy

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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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    Molly McIntosh

    Associate 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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    Nelson Lim

    Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training 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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    Kirsten M. Keller

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Associate Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE
    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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    Katherine L. Kidder

    Associate Political Scientist
    Education MA in security studies, Kansas State University; BS in history, Kansas State University

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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

    Senior Defense Analyst
    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