Blue Star Families 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

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Today Blue Star Families released their 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey results live in Washington, D.C. This is the ninth iteration of the Blue Star Families Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009. The 2018 survey, designed by Blue Star Families in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and analyzed by the Department of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families, was fielded in April and May of this year. More than 10,000 military families, including active duty service members and veterans, provided valuable insight regarding the true cost of sustaining the All-Volunteer Force. The annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey’s response rate makes it the largest and most comprehensive survey of active duty, veterans, and their families.


Here are just some of the results:

  • 70% of military families believe two incomes are vital to their family’s well-being.
  • 69% of military family think the current operational tempo exerts an unacceptable level of stress for healthy work-life balance.
  • 57% of military kids experienced sleeping problems as a result of their military parent’s deployment.

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 1.5 million military family members. Blue Star Families believes that all military families should be able to serve and simultaneously build thriving and healthy families.


To see the full survey results and learn more about Blue Star families visit 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey or follow along by using #BSFSurvey on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation.


What do you think about the results? What would you add to the survey?


* USAA is the presenting sponsor for the 2018 annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.