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Infographic: Fixing the Force: The Path of a Military Career

Every service member experiences a number of key career and personal milestones. This infographic traces an example military career from enlistment through retirement.

Infographic: Fixing the Force: Understanding Military Pay

Basic pay is only about half of military compensation. This infographic provides snapshots of total compensation for military officers and enlisted service members by rank.

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Fixing the Force: The Outdated Military Compensation System

Designed in the post-World War II era with a hodgepodge of additions, the military pay, health care, and retirement systems remain largely the same as they were in 1947.

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Security in Afghanistan: 5 Key Areas for U.S. Action

article icon Issue Brief Any adjustment to the withdrawal timeline of U.S. troops from Afghanistan must consider the critical needs of the Afghan National Security Forces.

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To Stem the Flow of Illicit Drugs from Afghanistan, Follow the Money

article icon Issue Brief Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. Curbing the drug trade will require enhanced efforts to monitor the flow of illicit financial funds, as well as Afghan political will to enforce action.

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Access to Contraception for Women Serving in the Armed Forces

article icon Fact Sheet The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act and other policy changes are critical to address the reproductive health care inequities that women serving in the armed forces face.

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Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory Practices

Expanding the Military Lending Act would better protect service members from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt and risking their security clearances.

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Remembering America’s Veterans in 2014

A statistical snapshot of our veterans and the challenges they face.

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Addressing the Gaps in Syria Policy in the Fight Against ISIS

U.S. military action in Syria must remain focused on degrading the terrorist threat while pushing for a political transition from the Assad regime.

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5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Accelerate Veteran Employment

book_alt2 icon Report How improved use of open data can enable the labor market to better match the skills of veterans returning from service with the needs of employers across the country.

Servicewomen

Out of Range

book_alt2 icon Report Women’s presence and roles in the military have greatly increased over the past few decades, but the military is falling far short of its obligation to provide servicewomen with adequate reproductive and sexual health care.

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On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in Iraq

article icon Issue Brief The Obama administration needs to launch a comprehensive strategy for the region and prepare for the possible targeted use of force in Iraq to halt the rise of a new terrorist group that could threaten America.

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Caring for Those Who Serve: Key Facts About the Veterans Affairs’ Health System in the Wake of the Waitlist Allegations

The allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA hospital is a serious concern and must be addressed immediately. But we must also not lose sight of the VA system’s successes, as well as its steady improvement in recent years.

Infographic: American Heroes Deserve Uniform Workplace Protections

American security relies heavily on the cooperation of the U.S. armed services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and private contractors, but not all of them are afforded basic employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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