Military Reserves


Members of a country's military reserves pursue full-time civilian careers and are not on active duty, though they may be called upon at times of emergency. RAND provides military and political decisionmakers with objective research and recommendations on how to attract, train, and maintain an effective military reserve force.

  • Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers conduct a sunrise run during annual training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, January 11, 2017, photo by Capt. William Carraway/U.S. Army


    Supporting the Mental Health Needs of National Guard and Reserve Members

    Sep 22, 2021

    Over one million U.S. military service members are members of the National Guard or reserves. These troops are being tested like never before, but they do not receive the same physical and mental health care coverage provided to their active-duty counterparts. It may be time to explore policy solutions to ensure that these service members have access to high-quality mental health care.

  • Company commanders, first sergeants and other members of command teams from across the 9th Mission Support Command, the U.S. Army Reserve command of the Pacific, listen during the classroom training portion of "How to BA Day.", photo by U.S. Army


    Soldier Preferences and Retention Effects of Changes in Army Reserve Training Requirements

    Nov 16, 2021

    Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve have traditionally been required to attend 39 days of training per year. However, across the readiness cycle, units may have their requirements changed with minimal notice. How do changes in training requirements affect a soldier's interest in staying in the Reserves?

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    Stephen Dalzell

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of California Santa Barbara; M.A. in national security studies, California State University San Bernardino; B.A. in international management, Claremont McKenna College

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    Daniel B. Ginsberg

    Associate Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior International and Defense Researcher
    Education M.A. in strategic studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan

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    Michael J. Neumann

    Security Review Coordinator, RAND Project AIR FORCE
    Education M.A. in national security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in journalism, Northwestern University

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    Ellen M. Pint

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

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    Laura Werber

    Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Stanford University; B.S. in economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania