Military Professions

For decades, RAND has conducted extensive research to help U.S. and allied decisionmakers design training and career development programs that will attract and retain military professionals capable of meeting a nation's national security and defense goals.

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    Advancing the U.S. Air Force's Force-Development Initiative

    Steps to take for consistent, efficient, and effective plans and means for improving the development of U.S. Air Force officers across and within their career fields.

    Dec 13, 2007

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    Indefinite Reenlistment and Noncommissioned Officers

    Considers the utility of the U.S. Army shift, in 1998, of its senior enlisted force from a fixed enlistment contract system to indefinite reenlistment and the potential applicability to the other service branches.

    Jan 29, 2007

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    How Should the U.S. Army Prepare Its Future Leaders?

    Changes in the world over the past two decades have made the conduct of military operations more complex and varied. More needs to be done to prepare Army leaders to meet the challenges of the contemporary environment and to continually learn and adapt to new circumstances.

    Jan 30, 2006

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    Looking to the Future: What Does Transformation Mean for Military Manpower and Personnel Policy?

    Discusses how manpower and personnel policies can be used to produce the changes in military culture needed for transformation.

    Dec 20, 2004

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    New Paths to Success: Determining Career Alternatives for Field-Grade Officers

    Are there feasible alternatives to the present “up-or-out” policy for U.S. military officers?

    Dec 17, 2004

  • Research Brief

    New Measure of Military Personnel Quality Reveals that Services Retain Higher-Quality Personnel

    To provide a clearer picture of how the quality of military personnel is revealed over time, RAND Corporation researchers implemented a new, broader measure of quality that incorporates information from the military promotion system.

    Jan 1, 2004

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    Learning About Quality: How the Quality of Military Personnel Is Revealed Over Time

    Extends the military services' customary definition of quality -- high school diploma graduate and scoring in the upper half on the Armed Forces Qualification Test -- to include performance as indicated by speed of promotion during the first term.

    Jan 1, 2003

  • Research Brief

    The Effect of Voluntary Financial Incentives on Separation Rates for Mid-Career Military Personnel

    This research brief describes work documented in An Examination of the Effects of Voluntary Separation (MR-859-OSD).

    Jan 1, 2002

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    An Examination of the Effects of Voluntary Separation Incentives

    In this report, the authors address questions about the VSI/SSB (Voluntary Separation Incentive/Special Separation Benefit) program using Defense Manpower Data Center data on Army enlisted personnel.

    Jan 1, 2001

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    Military Recruiting: Trends, Outlook, and Implications

    Based on indications of increased difficulty in meeting recruiting goals, RAND was asked to examine recent trends in the recruiting market and to assess their implications for meeting accession requirements.

    Jan 1, 2001

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    The Total Army School System: Recommendations for Future Policy

    Summarizes the Arroyo Center's analysis of the Reserve Component (RC) school system and the prototype over two fiscal years (1995 and 1996) in the areas of training requirements and school production, training resources and costs, and training quality.

    Jan 1, 1999

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    Labor Substitution in the Military Environment: Implications for Enlisted Force Management

    Analyzes the potential for cost savings associated with the substitution of first term and career personnel at the occupational level.

    Nov 1, 1979

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    Raymond E. Conley

    Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Management Scientist
    Education D.P.A. (doctorate of public administration), University of Alabama; M.S. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.B.A., Louisiana Tech University; B.A. in industrial production, University of Oklahoma

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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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    Edward P. Donnelly

    Adjunct Researcher
    Education J.D. in constitutional law, Suffolk University; MPA in public administration, University of Missouri at Kansas City; M.A. in management, Webster University; M.A. in military art and science, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; M.A. in strategic studies, U.S. Army War College

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    Chaitra M. Hardison

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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    Henry A. Leonard

    Senior International/Defense Researcher
    Education B.S. in engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point; M.P.A. in economics and public policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

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    Shirley M. Ross

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, George Washington University; M. Phil in industrial/organizational psychology, George Washington University; B.A. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Missouri at St. Louis

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    John D. Winkler

    Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, Harvard University; B.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania

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    Tara L. Terry

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; M.S.E in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S. in mathematics, Oakland Univeristy; B.S.E in computer engineering, Oakland Univeristy; B.S.E in electrical engineering, Oakland Univeristy