There is no doubt that being a part of a military family is tough. First of all, there is the emotional stress that comes with having a loved one on active duty. You will always feel anxious because you never know what happens while you are far apart. You also have to deal with the unpredictable living conditions. And let us not get started on the financial position of military families.
This set of statistics can also help other military families. Believe it or not, knowing that other military families go through the same issues as you do can make you feel more confident in facing your struggles.
To clear your mind about the plight of military families, you may want to take a look at these interesting military statistics.
Did you know that more than half of military families…
…are concerned about their military pay and benefits?
…are concerned about what their retirement can bring?
Of all the military spouses…
…4 out of 10 are concerned about employment.
…3 out of 10 are concerned about the impact of deployment on their children.
…2 out of 10 are concerned about the educational opportunities for their children.
3 out of 10 service members worry over…
…employment after becoming a veteran.
…deployment, training or optempo.
3 out of 10 veterans worry over…
…suicidal tendencies (both veterans and service members).
…disability claim backlog.
…transitioning back into a civilian lifestyle.
Of all the military families struggling to achieve financial security…
…4 out of 10 blame military life in general.
…4 out of 10 blame the employment of their spouse.
…3 out of 10 blame the changes and uncertainty in military benefits.
When it comes to how others view service in the military…
…9 out of 10 believe civilians do not understand the sacrifice of members and their families.
…8 out of 10 joined to achieve financial security.
…5 out of 10 would recommend close family to join the military.
Benefits are a big part of the military service because…
…7 out of 10 intend to transfer their post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or child.
…4 out of 10 are not confident that they will receive their healthcare benefits after retiring.
…4 out of 10 will spend 20 years in service if the current plan becomes a defined contribution retirement plan.
Suicidal thoughts were common among…
…7% of active duty spouses and veterans.
…10% active duty members.
…14% post 9/11 veterans.
For military families who have moved because of an active-duty…
…7 out of 10 incurred unplanned expenses.
…6 out of 10 were forced to do it 3 or more times within the country.
…5 out of 10 had to move overseas.
For service members who were deployed…
…6 out of 10 were away from home for more than 12 months (after 9/11).
…5 out of 10 reported that their kids lived with constant worry.
…2 out of 10 went through relationship issues.