The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service Wants to Hear From you.



“The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is a bipartisan, 11-member Commission created by Congress to develop recommendations to inspire more Americans—specifically young people—to participate in military, national, and public service and to review the military selective service process.

The Commission was established on September 19, 2017 and launched in January 2018. We released an Interim Report on January 23, 2019. Addressed to the American public, Congress, and the President, the Interim Report outlines issues we are exploring and summarizes our work to date. We will publish our Final Report, complete with policy recommendations and legislative proposals, by March 2020. Our work will conclude by September 2020.”

The Commission is comprised of eleven commissioners who bring together diverse experiences from service in the military, public office, Capitol Hill, and not-for-profit organizations.”


Peace Corps is included in the list of National Service opportunities.  The Commission will issue its final recommendations in 2020.  Those recommendations may or may not impact the Peace Corps. The Commission is still soliciting comments from the public.  Mark Gearan, former Director of the Peace Corps is Vice Chair of the commission. Your opinions are important. Go to this site to comment”

Here is the questionnaire:

  1. Does service have inherent value? If so, what is it?
  2. How does the U.S. increase the desire for Americans, particularly young Americans, to serve?
  3. What are the barriers to participation in military, national or public service?
  4. How can the U.S. increase participation in military, national, and public service by individuals with critical skills to address national security and other public service needs of the nation?
  5. Is the military draft or draft contingency still a necessary component of U.S. national security?
  6. Are modifications to the selective service system needed?
  7. Is a mandatory service requirement for all Americans necessary, valuable, and feasible?

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  • Thanks, Joanne, for forwarding thiis. Ive been sidelined for a couple weeks with computer hardware and software woes. Growing up and spending a lot of my life in multicultural New Mexico,, and serving both in the early PC and then drafted for the Vitetnam War, I could write a book on this subject. It was a long time ago , as a recently-returned RPCV that I would become a sort of counsellor and “Big Brother” to young VISTA Volunteers from the East, sent out here to work on NM Indian reservations.

    I”ll do my best to get some thoughtful comments to the Committee. John T Ghana-3 Geology & nyasaland/malawi-2 Geology Assignment 1963, -64, 65

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