One Critical Change Needed to Support Military Families

The recent White House effort calling for 50 initiatives to support military families is “wonderful news,” according to an opinion piece in USA Today this week, but there’s one more change that would go a long way toward improving the quality of life for troops and their families — reducing the number of moves service members are required to make. Because 55 percent of military personnel are married — and 70 percent of officers — moves affect dual-career families to a much greater extent than in the past. Beyond making it difficult for spouses to establish a meaningful career, frequent moves — which typically occur every two to three years — harm the well-being of children, the writer said.

When confronted with a pending move, family members increasingly are deciding to stay put, forcing the service member to become a geographical bachelor.


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