CNAS has published reports and commentaries 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. In partnership with the Athena Leadership Project, the MVS program has explored how to better support military caregivers and leverage women’s leadership.

Moving forward, the MVS program will continue exploring how to support traditionally under-targeted populations in the Department of Defense, as with its race in the military discussion series. The team will also research how the military can increase propensity to serve, enhance recruiting, improve retention, and optimize support to servicemembers and their families in a changing landscape.

Featured reports & analysis

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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