Exploring the Association between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

Exploring the Association between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

Exploring the Association between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

Exploring the Association between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

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This report explores the applicability of neighborhood studies theory and social indicators research to our understanding of the quality of life in and around military bases. Preliminary research suggests that a neighborhood studies assessment of military installations and their environs could contribute to military decisionmaking in such areas as programming and distribution of resources across base support services. This exploratory analysis also highlights gaps in neighborhood studies methodology that need to be addressed in future research. Finally, we outline how a more in-depth neighborhood studies analysis of military installations could be conducted.

This report results from the RAND Corporation’s continuing program of self-initiated independent research. Support for this program is provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RAND’s contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers.

This research was conducted within the RAND Arroyo Center’s Manpower and Training program, with the cooperation of RAND Project AIR FORCE’s (PAF’s) Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program. RAND Arroyo Center and PAF, both part of the RAND Corporation, are federally funded research and development centers sponsored by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, respectively. Additional information about these centers is available on their websites: http://www.rand.org/ard.html and http://www.rand.org/paf.html.

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