Blue Star Families’ Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey provides a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families. Military families are much like their civilian neighbors; however, the unique demands of military service result in unique issues and challenges. Supporting military families is vital to sustaining the All-Volunteer Force and a strong national defense. Service members and their families will continue to be asked to do more with less. Military families are central to service member recruitment and retention decisions, and to overall military readiness. Toward this end, Blue Star Families, with help from its valued partners, conducts a survey, analyzes data, and produces a report that situates the findings within the relevant broader literature. The result is the Military Family Lifestyle Survey Comprehensive Report. This is the sixth iteration of the survey, which has been conducted since 2009. The 2015 survey results are intended to: facilitate a holistic understanding of service members, veterans, and military family experiences so that communities, legislators, and policymakers can better serve each of their unique needs; and identify the key aspects of military life to effectively target resources, services, and programs that support the sustainability of military service and the All-Volunteer Force. (Author abstract modified)
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