RAND Corporation intends to contact nearly 580,000 service members as part of a military workplace survey that is “unprecedented in its scale,” according to an Aug. 18 release. The study, which is being conducted independently from DOD, is designed to “help commanders at all levels evaluate current military workplace relations, professionalism, and personal safety,” states the release. The voluntary and confidential survey is customized so not all service members will see the same survey questions, states the release. The results “will influence policies that affect everyone in the services,” said defense officials, and “it will have important implications for how the military operates.” The study may also have an effect on military training, justice, and services. The full report is slated for release in May 2015.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.