Fewer active duty spouses report satisfaction with the military lifestyle, fewer support their service member staying in, and there are signs of increased stress and distress, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Defense Department in 2019.
The survey was fielded long before COVID hit, from July to November, 2019. But in the next survey of active duty spouses scheduled to be fielded in the spring of 2021, there will be targeted questions to address the impact of COVID, said Paul Rosenfeld, director of DoD’s Center for Retention and Readiness, during a briefing Wednesday.
The pandemic has disrupted the lives of many military families, from drastically reduced child care, school closures, increased unemployment, sudden stoppage of PCS moves, financial issues, reduced operations of base facilities, and many other areas.
Kelly Hruska, government relations director of the National Military Family Association, said it will be interesting to see