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Mark J. Eitelberg Naval Postgraduate School, USA

Dr. Mark J. Eitelberg is Professor of Public Policy in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Prior to joining the faculty of NPS in 1982, he served for nearly eight years as Senior Scientist with the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), where he directed numerous studies for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In the mid-1970s, he was OSD’s principal authority on “GI Bill” educational benefits policy. The Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (also known as VEAP), which has assisted over 800,000 veterans, was based on a plan originally developed by Dr. Eitelberg and two of his colleagues while working with OSD and the US Senate. At around the same time, Dr. Eitelberg became an authority on population “representation” in the All-Volunteer Force (AVF) through groundbreaking studies for the US Department of Defense (DoD). After publication of his doctoral dissertation, Military Representation (New York University, 1979), he became one of the nation’s foremost experts on military manpower and personnel policies relating to the AVF. His dissertation was the basis for Blacks and the Military (Binkin & Eitelberg, Brookings Institution, 1982), now considered a “classic” work in the field. Before joining the faculty at NPS, Dr. Eitelberg was a principal researcher and author for DoD’s “Profile of American Youth” project; and he was a key contributor to a major assessment of the AVF by The Atlantic Council of the United States. He was named HumRRO’s “Researcher of the Year” in 1982. While at NPS, Dr. Eitelberg has held a number of administrative positions and taught thousands of graduate students in several different courses. He has advised over 260 Master’s theses in the Manpower Systems Analysis Curriculum. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications and professional papers, including several books. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Armed Forces & Society (1998-2001). He founded and directed the NPS Center for Recruiting Innovation (1999-2004). He co-created the Navy’s “Life Accelerator” (as well as other features of Navy.com), an interest inventory taken by well over four-million young men and women. He has been a consultant with many government agencies, commissions, universities, and private organizations. Among these are the following: twelve years as a DoD representative on The Technical Cooperation Program, an international consortium of defense scientists; two committees of the National Academy of Sciences; the Associated Staff of the Brookings Institution; National Defense University; Princeton University’s Office of Population Research; UC-Berkeley, UC-Santa Barbara, and UCLA; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2000, he received the American Psychological Association’s Robert M. Yerkes Award for notable contributions to military psychology by a non-psychologist. Dr. Eitelberg holds an MPA and Ph.D. from the Wagner School of Public Service, New York University. He is also an alumnus of the US Army National Guard and the US Army Reserve. He is one of only three men in US history to have served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Email Dr. Eitelberg at MEitelberg@nps.edu.