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Military Service Hearing: Increasing Awareness Among Young Americans and Lessening the Civil-Military Divide


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings on policy options it is considering for its final report. Through each hearing, Commissioners will gain insights from panelists as they develop recommendations for their final report to Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020.

On May 16, 2019, the Commission will host Military Service Hearing: Increasing Awareness among Young Americans and Lessening the Civil-Military Divide. This hearing will explore how the nation can create more awareness of military service, particularly among young Americans, and how to lessen the divide between the military community and society.   


To attend in-person, please RSVP here. The hearing will also be livestreamed


Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019


Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


Location: Partnership for Public Service, Conference Room 2ABC, 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, Washington, DC


  • Opening remarks
  • Testimony from Panelists
  • Panelist Questioning by Commissioners
  • Public Comments
  • Closing Remarks

Staff Memo

The Commission and Commission staff request feedback from the public on the ideas presented in STAFF MEMORANDUM: MILITARY SERVICE. You can read the memorandum here and share your feedback here.


  •  CJ Chivers, Author and writer, The New York Times, former Marine | Testimony

  • Dr. Lindsay Cohn, Professor, U.S. Naval War College | Testimony

  • Ernie Gonzales, former Director Youth Outreach Programs and Senior Policy and Program Analyst for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense | Testimony

  • Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies | Testimony

  • Mr. Anthony Kurta, Performing the Duties of The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness | Testimony

Statements submitted to the Commission regarding this hearing:

Public Comments

The public is invited to provide comment at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. In order to accommodate as many public comments as possible, individuals will have two minutes to relate their comment to the Commission. If you are interested in providing a public comment during the hearing, please arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. to receive a ticket. The Commission will select tickets at random. If your ticket is drawn, you may provide your comment to the Commissioners during the public comment period. If you’re unable to attend the public hearing or have to leave early, you can submit your comment here, email it to, or mail it to 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Box #63, Arlington, Virginia 22202.