WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service announced an upcoming summit in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) and the McCain Institute to highlight the critical role of service in our country and ways to engage the next generation in military, national, and public service. In honor of late Senator John McCain, this summit will promote the notion of service above self and develop ideas to inspire more Americans to serve.

Set for the morning of April 16thon ASU’s Tempe campus, the summit will feature sessions open to the public and policy implementation workshops drawing on the expertise of students, elected officials, community and business leaders, and ASU staff and faculty.  A key focus will be on the recommendations in the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, which will be released on March 25 after nearly three years of research, input, and policy development.

“We are excited to work with Arizona State University and the McCain Institute on this important summit to explore ways to strengthen and expand all forms service to the nation,” said Chairman Joe Heck. “Our report, Inspired to Serve, not only embodies Senator McCain’s legacy of service, but ASU’s leadership in service and mission to bolster the social, economic, cultural and overall health of its communities.”

“As an emerging national service university, ASU is strongly invested in supporting a range of public service commitments and we look forward to taking findings and recommendations from this report to seriously advance progress,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “ASU’s Public Service Academy stands as a model effort deriving from the ethos of inclusion, achievement and service that motivates our entire enterprise,” he added.

“For my late husband, for me and for so many Americans to serve is a noble calling.  My sincere hope is that we seize momentum from this national report to make service near universal,” said Cindy McCain, Chair of the McCain Institute’s Board of Trustees.



The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is an 11-member bipartisan commission tasked for the first time in American history, with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. Recognizing the value in promoting a larger ethos of service in the United States, the late Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed championed the establishment of this bipartisan Commission. In 2019, the Commission released an Interim Report, sharing what it learned throughout its first year, giving a glimpse of the policy options considered. The Commission’s final report, to be released on March 25, will include policy recommendations and legislative proposals regarding the selective service process and ways to grow participation in military, national, and public service.

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

Inspired by the leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives aimed at making a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, counterterrorism and combatting human trafficking.