he Military Times focused on our AVF Forum as the primary cover story for the 31 July 2017 issues (all services).

The article is found HERE.


March 29, 2018: Our next annual AVF Forum symposium will take place on March 29, 2018 at The Ohio State University. Sponsored by Dr. Trevor Brown (Dean of the John Glenn School of Public Policy) and Dr. Richard Herrmann (Chair of the Political Science Department), the event is entitled "The Future of the All Volunteer Force and Democracy in America".  This conference is part of a series of national events examining the all-volunteer force. In April 2016, the Center for the Study of the U.S. Military at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with the AVF Forum, hosted the first symposium on the AVF, where military experts, scholars and former defense department personnel debated and discussed whether the AVF is fair, efficient, and sustainable. A second forum was held at the College of William & Mary in April 2017. Recordings of those presentations are linked below.

The intent this year is to engage a younger cohort of participants (the real stakeholders of today's AVF) than that which we experienced at Kansas University and the College of William & Mary. This year's event brings together key national policymakers, former government officials, active duty military officers, and academic experts to shed light on important issues regarding the all-volunteer force. The symposium features well-known scholars and commentators on military affairs including Beth Bailey, University of Kansas; Andrew Bacevich, Boston University; Lt. Col. Mkel Young, U.S. Air Force; Francis X. Shen, University of Minnesota; Retired Col. Larry Wilkerson, College of William and Mary; and Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress. The keynote speaker will be former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Mershon Center web site HERE.


April 27, 2017:  The second All-Volunteer Force Symposium was held at the College of William & Mary.  The agenda included four presentations in the morning:  two in support of the AVF and two that questioned its viability.  The afternoon included a moderated open discussion and Q&A of the morning's presenters.  The public was invited and admission was free.  Additional information regarding the event is posted on the College of William & Mary website
HERERecordings of the event:

                                                      Morning Speaker Series
                                                      Afternoon Panel Discussion
                                                      Keynote Speaker Address 

April 2, 2016:  The All-Volunteer Force Forum (AVFF) co-sponsored,  with the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies a day-long symposium at Kansas University.  Participants at the event expressed a broad range of views on manning our military in a fact based, respectful manner.  The event included a series of panels throughout the day and a summary panel in the evening.  The summary panel was moderated by Prof. Beth Bailey and included a number of forum members and guests.  Program for the event isHERE. Video recordings of all the panels are available at the homepage of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at Kansas University or below:

                                                      Session 1: Is the AVF fair?

                                                      Session 2: Is the AVF efficient and sustainable?

                                                      Session 3: Militarism and National Security

                                                      Session 4: Alternatives To A Volunteer Force

                                                      Public Conversation on the All-Volunteer Force

September 27, 2016:  The All-Volunteer Force Forum participated in a dialogue on the AVF sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Policy at the Ohio State University.  The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Trevor Brown, Dean of the Glenn School, and included MG Dennis Laich and Professor Emeritus John Muller.

The Million Dollar Muzzle by MG (ret.) Dennis Laich and LTC (ret.) Mike Young

     Response to The Million Dollar Muzzle by Greg Jacob

The Millennial and Post-Millennial Generations and the Sustainability of the AVF by LTC (ret.) Mike Young

There's a Reason America's Vets Can't Find Work But Not What Ben Bernanke Thinks by Tim Kane

Population Representation in the Military Services:  Fiscal Year 2014 Summary Reportprovided by Tim Kane
Invisible Inequality: The Two Americas of Military Sacrifice by Douglas L. Kriner and Francis X. Shen provided by Dennis Laich

America's All Volunteer Force: A Success? by Louis G. Yuengert in Parameters provided by Dennis Laich

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