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Hearings

The Commission will conduct public hearings on the potential recommendations it is taking under consideration. The Commission will gain insights from panelists as it develops recommendations for its Final Report to the Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020. We hope you join us in-person or tune-in via livestream.

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.
On May 16, 2019, the Commission will host Military Service Hearing: Creating New Pipelines to Service and Fostering Critical Skills. This hearing will address the challenges to recruiting and retaining critical skills and talent under the military’s current personnel management system and discuss options to create new pathways to military service.
On May 15, 2019, the Commission will host two hearings focused on public service—specifically, civilian employment in federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The afternoon hearing, Public Service Hearing: Critical Skills and Benefits, will address special workforce challenges in high-demand fields—such as cybersecurity, IT, health care, and STEM—as well as the competitiveness of employee benefits, and explore options to attract and retain civil servants with critical skills.
On May 15, 2019, the Commission will host two hearings focusing on public service—specifically, civilian employment in federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The morning hearing, Public Service Hearing: Improving Basic Hiring Processes, will address challenges within current civil service personnel systems and discuss options to bring the next generation of talented Americans to public service.
On April 25, 2019, the Commission will host Should Registration be Expanded to All Americans? – Arguments for Expansion. This hearing will address the potential needs for a voluntary or compulsory mobilization for all Americans.
On April 25, 2019, the Commission will host Selective Service Hearing: Should Registration be Expanded to All Americans? – Arguments against Expansion. This hearing will address the cases for continuing to restrict registration to men only and the challenges in achieving compliance with the current system.
On April 24, 2019, the Commission will host Selective Service Hearing: How to Meet Potential National Mobilization Needs. This hearing will address who will be needed to respond to national security emergencies and how we find and integrate them into military organizations and structures.
On April 24, 2019, the Commission will host Selective Service Hearing: Future Mobilization Needs of the Nation. This hearing will address the potential needs for a voluntary or compulsory mobilization.
On March 28, 2019, this hearing will explore the options to support an expansion of national service in America, including requirements for new sources of funding, new program models, systems, infrastructures, and/or partnerships.
On March 28, 2019, this hearing will address the challenges of the current national service system in America and discuss options to improve policies and processes, ensuring access to, awareness of, and aspiration for national service.
On February 21, 2019, this hearing will explore whether all Americans should be mandated to serve in military, national, and/or public service.
On February 21, 2019, this hearing will explore a diversity of options beyond federally-managed programs that support universal participation in service, such as faith-based, community-led, privately-managed, or state-driven models.

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