Research Brief: The Impacts and Opportunities of Military Life for Military Children

Authors: Rachel K. Linsner, M.S.Rosalinda Maury, M.S.  

 

This research brief provides key datapoints and insights from research on the experiences of military children. The brief covers the demographics of the military and veteran child populations, the needs and experiences of military children, impacts of military service, and implications for practice and future research. The research cited includes a comprehensive list of IVMF original research as well as seminal sources such as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Military Child Education Coalition, etc.

There are over 1.6 million military children in the U.S.

41% of post-9/11 veteran respondents reported reintegration to family during military to civilian transition was difficult or very difficult.

41%

32% of active duty family respondents who had recently geobached reported doing so for their children’s education.

32%

Top 5 Impacts of deployment

Positive

Increased independence

33%

Adaptability

29%

Resilience

29%

Personal Growth

20%

Increased Pride

19%

Negative

Worry

50%

Separation Anxiety

50%

Difficulty Sleeping/Nightmares

39%

Irritability

33%

Aggression

20%

O2O graduate holding his child.
Mother in uniform reading to kids.
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