MS. STEPHANIE MILLER

Director of Military Accession Policy

Ms. Miller’s office is a component of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. In her role as director, she is responsible for Department of Defense policies and programs that relate to the recruitment and accession of both officer and enlisted personnel.

Career

Ms. Miller, a member of the Senior Executive Service, served as a special assistant to Secretaries of Defense Chuck Hagel and Ashton Carter. In this role, she served as the liaison between the secretary of defense and the under secretary of defense for Personnel and Readiness. She also oversaw military and civilian personnel policy, military force readiness, defense health affairs, reserve affairs, defense sexual assault prevention and response, and Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs interagency cooperation. Ms. Miller’s leadership experience includes Department of Defense director of diversity and inclusion management, deputy director for Navy Diversity and director of Navy Women’s Policy. In her time as a defense legislative fellow to Senator Susan Collins, she was responsible for defense, veteran and foreign policy objectives in the senator’s positions on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee (in the defense subcommittee), and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Ms. Miller’s many contributions to the Department of Defense earned her the Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

As director of the Navy’s Task Force Life/Work program, Ms. Miller expanded postpartum operational deferment for service women from four to 12 months, mandatory lactation support programs and congressional approval of a career intermission program. In her time as director, paternity leave and Post 9/11 GI Bill® transferability earned the program the Families & Work Institutes Work/Life Legacy award and the Working Mother Media Work/Life Excellence award.

Previously, Ms. Miller served in the Navy as a surface warfare officer on USS Bunker Hill, and with Destroyer Squadron 28 embarked on USS George Washington in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Education

Ms. Miller holds a national professional human resources certification. She also earned a graduate degree in human resource development and adult education from George Washington University and holds a degree in English literature and business administration from Villanova University.