Families

Our nation relies on an all-volunteer force in which more than half of our service members are married. Families are central to military recruiting, retention, and overall readiness. Yet military families face unique challenges and stressors with frequent moves, deployments, spouse education and employment, childcare and well-being, finances, and more. We regularly monitor the needs of military families to provide actionable guidance to partners and stakeholders on policies, programs, and resources that will positively impact military families and the health and well-being of our all-volunteer force.

Featured Projects

Annual Military Family Lifestyle Surveys

The Military Family Lifestyle Survey identifies contemporary issues faced by military families and increases understanding and support of the military lifestyle.

Military Families: Perceptions, Challenges, and Barriers to Voting Participation and Absentee Voting

Active duty service members, along with their family members, rely on absentee voting to cast their vote for elections at all levels of government while overseas, deployed, or while stationed in states other than where they are registered.

All Family Research Projects

View Our Research Series

Most of the needs and concerns of veterans and military families are complex and interrelated, therefore many of IVMF’s research initiatives, both independent and sponsored, are delivered in series form with multiple research products in order to effectively communicate the nuances of our research findings.

Annual Military Family Lifestyle Surveys
The Military Family Lifestyle Survey identifies contemporary issues faced by military families and increases understanding and support of the military lifestyle.

Learn About The Annual Military Family Survey

2014 Survey

View 2014 Survey Results

2015 Survey

View 2015 Survey Results