CNAS has published reports and commentaries in previous years including comprehensive looks at the future of the all-volunteer force and the propensity of youth from military families to serve, examinations of the role of ROTC, assessments of military suicide, and updates on the status of incorporating women into combat arms.

Moving forward, MVS is particularly interested in researching how the military can increase propensity to serve, enhance recruiting, improve retention, and optimize support to servicemembers and their families in a changing landscape, with an emphasis on traditionally under-targeted populations.

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Military, Veterans, & Society

Women in Combat: Five-Year Status Update

It has been five years since the ban on women in combat was lifted in 2015 and women began integrating previously closed combat arms billets in January 2016. Five years is the...

Military, Veterans, & Society

Periodic Occupational and Environmental Monitoring Summary

Introduction and Executive Summary Congress and the media have paid substantial attention to the potential health risks of service members’ exposure to open air burn pits whi...

Military, Veterans, & Society

Generations of War

Preface By Dr. Janine A. Davidson Though the American experiment of an all-volunteer military force is largely considered to be a success, maintaining long-term awareness of c...

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