Open main menu

National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is a United States federal agency created as an independent establishment under 5 USC 104 and a temporary organization under 5 USC 3161.

National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service
Agency overview
Agency executive
  • Kent Abernathy, Executive Director[1]
Websiteinspire2serve.gov

Contents

PurposeEdit

The commission was formed by Congress to:[2]

  1. conduct a review of the military selective service process (commonly referred to as ‘‘the draft’’); and
  2. consider methods to increase participation in military, national, and public service in order to address national security and other public service needs of the Nation.

Scope of ReviewEdit

The legislation creating the commission outlines that the commission shall consider:[3]

  1. the need for a military selective service process, including the continuing need for a mechanism to draft large numbers of replacement combat troops;
  2. means by which to foster a greater attitude and ethos of service among United States youth, including an increased propensity for military service;
  3. the feasibility and advisability of modifying the military selective service process in order to obtain for military, national, and public service individuals with skills (such as medical, dental, and nursing skills, language skills, cyber skills, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills) for which the Nation has a critical need, without regard to age or sex; and
  4. the feasibility and advisability of including in the military selective service process, as so modified, an eligibility or entitlement for the receipt of one or more Federal benefits (such as educational benefits, subsidized or secured student loans, grants or hiring preferences) specified by the Commission for purposes of the review.

CommissionersEdit

Appointed members of the Commission are:[4]

Commissioner Background Appointed by Position
Edward T. Allard III former Deputy Director of the Selective Service System Nancy Pelosi
Steve Barney former General Counsel to the Senate Armed Service Committee John McCain
Janine Davidson former Under Secretary of the Navy Barack Obama[5]
Mark Gearan former Director of the Peace Corps Jack Reed Vice Chair for National and Public Service
Avril Haines former Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Barack Obama[6]
Joe Heck Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve; former Member of the House of Representatives (R-NV) Mitch McConnell Chairman
Jeanette James former Professional Staff Member of the House Armed Service Committee Mac Thornberry
Alan Khazei Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Be the Change, Inc. Chuck Schumer
Thomas Kilgannon President of Freedom Alliance Paul Ryan[7]
Shawn Skelly former Director, Executive Secretariat, U.S. Department of Transportation Barack Obama[8]
Debra Wada former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Adam Smith Vice Chair for Military Service

ActivitiesEdit

The Commission requested written comments from the public on a list of questions it is considering,[9][10] and held a series of hearings and site visits[11] in 2018 including public meetings in Harrisburg, PA,[12] and Denver, CO.[13] According to documents released in response to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Commission has also held closed-door meetings and received closed-door briefings.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leadership". National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-114publ328/pdf/PLAW-114publ328.pdf#page=132
  3. ^ https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-114publ328/pdf/PLAW-114publ328.pdf#page=132
  4. ^ "Announcing the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service". Corporation for National and Community Service. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". WhiteHouse.gov (Obama Archive). Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". WhiteHouse.gov (Obama Archive). Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Kilgannon to Serve on National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". WhiteHouse.gov (Obama Archive). Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Request for Information on Improving the Military Selective Service Process and Increasing Participation in Military, National, and Public Service". Federal Register. February 16, 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Notice of Extension To Comment Period on the Request for Information on Improving the Military Selective Service Process and Increasing Participation in Military, National, and Public Service" (PDF). Federal Register. April 20, 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  11. ^ "National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service Announces Locations of Public Meetings for 2018" (PDF). inspire2serve.gov. National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. April 13, 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  12. ^ David Wenner (February 23, 2018). "America reaches 'crossroads' -- it must get more people involved in public service". Pennlive.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Public Comment at National Commission Hearings Denounces Draft". The Nation Report. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  14. ^ "NCMNPS records released in response to FOIA request". Resisters.info. Retrieved 20 June 2018.