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Survey Says: Most Spouses Satisfied With Military Lifestyle

Feb. 25, 2019 | BY C. Todd Lopez

In the old days, the running joke was, "If the military wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one!"

But the end of the draft and the dawn of the all-volunteer force meant the Defense Department had to provide a more family-friendly quality of military life. Pentagon officials are still listening to see what they can do to make the lifestyle better for the nation's military families.

Soldier and wife pose with daughters
Army Family
Katelyn Morris, spouse of Army 1st Sgt. Aaron Morris, Grand Rapids Company, has been selected to represent U.S. Army Recruiting Command in the Military Spouse magazine’s competition for 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.
Photo By: Courtesy of Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion
VIRIN: 190221-A-PL659-072

The latest survey of active-duty and reserve-component service members' spouses shows the spouses are, by and large, happy with the military lifestyles they lead.

Defense Department officials briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the results of the surveys, which were conducted in 2017.

The survey of active-duty spouses and a similar survey of National Guard and Reserve spouses showed similar results, they said. Among active-duty spouses, 60 percent claimed they are "satisfied" with their military way of life. Among the reserve components, 61 percent were satisfied.

Marine and wife navigate obstacle course.
Military Family Stroll
Marine Corps Sgt. Cameron Demaison helps his wife, Brooke, advance through an obstacle course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 13, 2018, during an “In Their Boots” day to give Marines an opportunity to show family members what they do on the job.
Photo By: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Wilson
VIRIN: 181213-M-LK264-0088Y
Soldier in camouflage uniform reunites with family.
Hello, Henry
Army Spc. Jacob Rhodes reunites with his wife, Cheyenne, and son, Henry, at Fort Carson, Colo., Feb. 18, 2019, upon returning from an overseas deployment.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Asa Bingham
VIRIN: 190218-A-BO313-972Y

Woman accepts Military Spouse of Year award.
Military Spouse of the Year
Krista Simpson Anderson, third from left, accepts the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Award during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s 36th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2018.
Photo By: EJ Hersom, DOD
VIRIN: 180510-D-DB155-001
Four women crowd together for a selfie.
Spouse Selfie
Air Force spouses take a selfie during the 2018 Cookie Drive at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 17, 2018. Cookies were donated by many different volunteers, including base families, local businesses and the Minot Chamber of Commerce.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
VIRIN: 181217-F-IY281-0126

While both surveys showed a slight decrease from the last previous survey, conducted in 2015, the 2015 and 2017 results both were higher than results from the same question on the 2008 survey, officials noted.

Click here for more on what Pentagon officials had to say about the latest surveys and how past surveys have led to quality-of-life improvements.