Join us for the third installation of the GWC Policy Series! In this informal session, we will be discussing the economics of America's all-volunteer force (AVF). In 1970 when the experts on the President’s Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force [known as the Gates Commission] established the rationale for ending conscription and relying upon volunteers for military service, they believed that obtaining volunteers was possible at an acceptable cost but did warn that over time the AVF could become too costly. This discussion will explore those early concerns and discuss costs, benefits, and entitlements of U.S. military personnel. We will also debate America’s return on investment for the post-9/11 GI Bill and what the future might hold for increasingly technical personnel within the force, such as those individuals working in the cyber and space domains, which compete with private sector compensation packages.
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