Elizabeth B. Clelan, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Elizabeth Clelan is an expert in military manpower topics including recruiting, retention, and assignment policy. Her recent research topics include the integration of women into combat arms occupations, servicemember use of tuition assistance, youth e-cigarette use, evaluation of travel reimbursement programs, and identifying the qualities that make a successful ROTC officer. She serves as CNA's Scientific Analyst to Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

Prior to joining CNA, Clelan worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and instructor at the University of Georgia.

Clelan has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Georgia. She also has a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Spanish from Furman University. She is fluent in Spanish.


March 12, 2020

Elizabeth Clelan says, "Education is important to them, skill training is important to them, and they just don't know that the military can provide them these opportunities."

Arroe Collins: "Elizabeth Clelan New Military CNA Report" [4:22-4:29]

March 12, 2020

Elizabeth Clelan says, "There has been a significant decline in the veteran population, which has typically been a very important influencer of youth to want to serve in the military."

WSVA: "Dr Elizabeth Clelan-Military Recruiting in Danger" [3:13-3:22]

March 12, 2020

Elizabeth Clelan says, "What was appealing to 17-24 year old populations 10 or 20 years ago might not be the same things that are appealing to the population today."

KMBZ: "Recruitment Trouble for Military" [2:26-2:34]

September 14, 2019

Elizabeth Clelan writes, "There is no time like the present for DoD to be concerned about the growing trend of e-cigarette use among America's youth."

Military Times: "Why DOD Should Start Asking Recruits Whether They Vape"

October 11, 2016

Military Times features Potential Consequences of E-Cigarette Use: Is Youth Health Going Up in Smoke? by analysts Elizabeth Clelan, Ph.D., and Justin Ladner, Ph.D., in "Study: Vaping and Traditional Tobacco Usage Closely Linked in Teens, Potential Recruits"

October 11, 2016

CNA holds a briefing and release of new report on e-cigarette use among youths with authors Dr. Justin Ladner and Dr. Elizabeth Clelan. Read more.

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