This Note (1) reviews the Army's rationales for provision of quality-of-life and family support services; (2) presents an analytic framework for analyzing the influence of family factors and support programs on Army families and on the Army; and (3) organizes and evaluates findings of previous research about the effects of Army policies and services on both families and specific Army outcomes — attrition, retention, and readiness. In addition, it identifies gaps in knowledge about Army-family interactions, discusses the implications of research findings for Army family policy formulation, and suggests directions for future research.
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