Military Personnel: Preliminary Results of DOD's 1999 Survey of Active Duty Members Statement of Norman J. Rabkin, Director, National Security Preparedness Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division before the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 192KB]

This GAO testimony from 2000 addresses military readiness, recruitment, and retention. "Since the end of the Cold War and the subsequent downsizing, the U.S. military has undergone considerable change. Last year, Congress approved substantial increases in pay and retirement benefits for military personnel. It is too early to know the impacts of these changes; they only became effective in January. This year, with pay and retirement increases in place, Department of Defense (DOD) leaders are proposing significant funding increases to improve health care and housing. Some accounts of military life today paint a bleak picture. Reports of declining military readiness and decreased retention raise several questions. What is the level of satisfaction in the military ranks? What is keeping people in, or driving them out, of the military? Is the smaller military being stretched too thin, resulting in long hours and too much time away from home? And finally, how do military personnel perceive they are faring in today's strong economy?"

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