Today's Army Spouse Survey
Army spouses: Make your voice heard!
The Today's Army Spouse Survey is the only systematic Army survey that collects feedback directly from spouses of Soldiers about your needs, and about the strengths and gaps in the services available to you.
Fielded in 2018, the final report on findings from the Today's Army Spouse Survey is available on this site. This page also preserves the Frequently Asked Questions made available to survey participants.
This report identifies the challenges that Army families face, and the resources they need to address those challenges, directly from the perspectives of more than 8,500 Army spouses who completed a survey. The results show how spouses prioritize needs, the implications of unmet needs for spouses' attitudes toward military service, and how the Army can best address spouses' most-pressing unmet needs through adjustments to Army support services.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is being asked to take the survey?
- Why is this important to the Army?
- Why is this important to me?
- How do I take the survey?
- Who is RAND?
- Does this survey have an official Survey Control Number (SCN) from the U.S. Army?
- Is this survey voluntary?
- Are my responses to this survey confidential?
- Do I need to take this survey on a military computer or use a CAC card?
- Is there anything I should not discuss or comment on in this survey?
- Who is the sponsor of this survey?
- Who is the official Army point of contact (POC) for this survey?
- How can I find my survey access code?
- How do I get back into the survey if I started it but didn't finish?
- What will happen to the results?
- Will the results be anonymous?
- How can I see the results?
- How is this survey different from other 2017 surveys that seem to be on similar topics?
Who is being asked to take the survey?
This survey is being offered to a random sample of spouses of active-duty Soldiers living in the United States, age 18 years and older.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army needs your input to educate Army leaders and service providers about current Army community experiences, priorities, and concerns.
Your responses will help ensure that your priorities are understood. Not having enough respondents will leave the Army unable to determine the views of different types of spouses in different locations.
Why is this important to me?
The Army wants to know, from you, what your priorities and concerns are to make plans that address those priorities and concerns.
Your responses are critical in ensuring that Army leaders have the best information possible when developing plans to resolve significant community issues and ensure that your family and household needs are being met.
Your input can help leaders understand how well Army spouse and family needs are being met and where resources may need to be realigned. For example, experiences and needs may vary by:
- Age: the views of young personnel and spouses may differ from those of older ones.
- Family status: the views of newlyweds, new parents, single parents, parents whose children have special needs, parents with children in college, and single personnel without children may differ.
- Installation: the views of those on small installations versus large ones, those on installations in remote and isolated locations, and personnel who live far from the installation may differ.
How do I take the survey?
The survey is being hosted on a secure non .mil website to provide easier access. The survey may be taken on a personal device: no CAC card, Army computer, or Army network is necessary for access. You will need your survey access code to enter the survey: for more information about locating your code, see the FAQ below: How can I find my survey access code?
Who is RAND?
The RAND Corporation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with an international reputation for conducting high-quality research and analyses, particularly on matters of public policy and national defense. The U.S. Army has asked researchers at RAND to design and implement the Today's Army Spouse Survey.
Does this survey have an official Survey Control Number (SCN) from the U.S. Army?
Yes, the SCN is:
U.S. ARMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Survey Control Number: DAPE-ARI-AO-18-03
Is this survey voluntary?
Yes, the survey is completely voluntary.
Are my responses to this survey confidential?
Yes, with one exception: We cannot provide confidentiality to those who discuss criminal activity/behavior or make statements that pose a threat to themselves or others.
Do I need to take this survey on a military computer or use a CAC card?
No, you can take this survey from a personal computer—no CAC card is required.
Is there anything I should not discuss or comment on in this survey?
Do NOT discuss or comment on classified or operationally sensitive information in the survey or in any correspondence related to the survey.
Who is the sponsor of this survey?
The survey is sponsored by the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.
Who is the official Army point of contact (POC) for this survey?
Here is the name and contact information of that official:
Mr. Joseph Trebing
Update: As of October 2019, Mr. Trebing has retired
How can I find my survey access code?
Between January and March 2018, postcards with spouse survey access codes were mailed to the mailing/home address of married Soldiers whose spouses are not also Soldiers. If you have not yet received a postcard, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you were selected for the survey and, if so, receive an access code.
How do I get back into the survey if I started it but didn't finish?
You should be able to return to the survey website, re-enter your survey code, agree again to participate in the survey, and pick up where you left off.
What will happen to the results?
Results will be analyzed and compiled into reports that will be shared with Army leadership to enable them to make plans for the Army community.
Will the results be anonymous?
Yes, the results will be anonymous. Results from the study will be presented so that individuals cannot be identified.
How can I see the results?
A link to the report on the Army-wide results will be posted on this website when it becomes publicly available.
How is this survey different from other 2017 surveys that seem to be on similar topics?
Other surveys address related issues but are not Army-specific or spouse-specific. The Today's Army Spouse Survey is the only Army survey that collects feedback directly from spouses of Soldiers about their needs and about the strengths and gaps in available services to meet their needs.