Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey provides a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families.
The survey is a yearly “snapshot” of the state of military families, offering crucial insight and data to help inform national leaders, local communities, and philanthropic actors.
Most critically, the survey is an opportunity to increase dialogue between the military community and broader American society, minimizing the civilian-military divide and supporting the health and sustainability of the All-Volunteer Force.
Blue Star Families conducted its 8th annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey in April-May, 2017 with over 7,800 respondents including military spouses, active duty service members, veterans, and their immediate family members. The Military Family Lifestyle Survey’s response rate makes it the largest and most comprehensive survey of active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
TOP MILITARY FAMILY ISSUES
• Amount of time away from family is the top concern, surpassing pay and benefits, which had been the top concern since 2013.
• Time away from family, military spouse employment, and pay & benefits are the top concerns among military families.
• Concerns over the impact of service on military children are increasing. Military child education is new to the Top 5 for service members and military spouses. Both groups also ranked impact of deployment on children in the Top 5.
2017 survey results indicate service members and their families are experiencing substantial difficulties balancing work and family.
Today’s military requires technological and cultural expertise from all ranks. Just as a strong defense requires diverse skills, strong military family support requires a comprehensive understanding of the diversity of today’s military families. It is time for an updated understanding of military family support needs.
The stresses of military life affect all members of the service member’s family.
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