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  • Strengthening American Democracy Through Service

  • Strengthening American Democracy through service

  • Strengthening American Democracy through service

On January 23, 2019, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its Interim Report. The Interim Report shares information about the Commission’s efforts to explore military, national, and public service across the United States, outlines what the Commission learned and is considering, and looks forward to what’s ahead in 2019.

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Our Vision

Every American, inspired and eager to serve

Dr. Joseph Heck, Chairman


Welcome to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

As Chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, I am pleased to share this Interim Report outlining what the Commission has learned in our first year of work. The Commission presents a significant opportunity, for the first time in our nation’s history, to holistically and comprehensively review the Selective Service System along with military, national, and public service. With this report, and over the course of the next year, we endeavor to solicit feedback on our observations and the proposals that have been made to us and ignite a national conversation about service and its role in our democratic society.

Our conversations, throughout 2018, underscored that while service is encouraged by many families, schools, and communities, there is no widely held expectation of service in the United States. As a result, military, national, and public service is the exception rather than the rule. In a country of more than 329 million people, the extraordinary potential for service is largely untapped. This report begins to explore the many ways in which our nation can foster a culture of service, while strengthening our communities, civil society, and sense of citizenship.

Please take a moment to explore our website. You will find information about the Commission and resources on topics concerning the Commission’s mission. We also ask that you check back regularly for updates and new content. In addition to dates of our events and public conversations, we will be adding photos and video vignettes featuring people who serve, along with blogs, information on serving, news, and more.

The final recommendations we will make to the Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020 will address challenging issues fundamental to civic life in America. We already heard from thousands of Americans like you, who shared their thoughts, stories, and expertise, and we want to hear from thousands more. We hope you will talk to your friends and family about our mission. Please share your thoughts with us here, sign up to receive updates on our progress, and join us at our upcoming public hearings. Our vision is that by working together, every American will be inspired and eager to serve. Join us in making this vision a reality.

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