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On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Mike McCord, Director of Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service, submitted a statement to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on the civil-military divide in our nation and how a national service program can create opportunities to close this divide.

Read the statement here.

Background on National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

In 2016, House and Senate Republicans and Democrats created the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. The late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) championed the bipartisan Commission’s establishment. The mission of the Commission is two-fold:

  1. To review the selective service registration process operated by the Selective Service System, an independent federal agency – entirely separate from the Department of Defense.
  2. To examine and recommend ways to increase participation in military, national, and public service as a means to strengthen our nation.

To meet its mission, the Commission held public hearings across the United States to hear from those who serve in the military, national, and public service as well as explore ways to foster a culture of service and civic responsibility throughout the nation. The Commission also accepted public comments on any aspect of the Commission’s mission, such as ways to increase the number of Americans in the military, national, and public service, through December 31, 2019.

The Commission will submit final recommendations to the Congress by March 2020.