Military Families


Extended and repeated deployments can cause significant stress to military families and may result in lower levels of reenlistment. RAND research has explored the need for military-sponsored child care and the role of military spouses, and continues to provide guidance to policymakers on how to attract and retain personnel with essential skills while also supporting military families.

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    Family Resilience in the Military

    Jul 10, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Defense has 26 policies related to family resilience, but definitions of the term vary across the services. To facilitate a comprehensive view of family resilience programming, a well-articulated, standard definition of family resilience is needed.

  • U.S. Army soldier holds his daughter after a deployment ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Armory, photo by Justin Connaher/U.S. Air Force


    Insights from the Deployment Life Study

    Apr 7, 2016

    Experiences during a service member's deployment can have a profound impact on how families fare during the reintegration period. But for many experienced military families, functioning eventually returns to pre-deployment levels.

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