America Goes to War: Managing the Force During Times of Stress and Uncertainty
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Currently, with extended deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is having difficulties recruiting new non-prior-service personnel. Questions have been raised concerning the viability of the all-volunteer force and how the Department of Defense DoD can manage personnel during these times of stress and uncertainty. This report addresses these concerns, with particular attention to the history of conscription and volunteerism. It examines the history of the draft to try to understand when and under what conditions conscription has been used effectively to raise the manpower needed by the Army during wartime. The report also examines what other means besides conscription the Army could use to meet manpower demands. Specifically, what actions could be taken to increase the supply of volunteers or reduce the demand for new personnel The report also looks at the man programs that have been developed to help military members and their families cope during difficult times, as well as the particular challengers of understanding which programs work.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations