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The 2015 Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey identified financial issues as one of the top concerns of service member respondents and their families. Respondents reported multiple obstacles to financial security as families experienced frequent transitions, changing schools and seeking new employment.
Employed military spouses experience less financial & emotional distress and are more satisfied with military lifestyle overall. However, fifty-eight percent of unemployed respondents wish to rejoin the job market.
Obstacle financial security
The well-being of a military parent who is not deployed is strongly associated with the child's well-being. However, paid childcare is a frequent need among military families to work full & part-time jobs.
The military lifestyle is expensive. Seventy-three percent of active duty families reported incurring unexpected expenses as a result of the military lifestyle. Relocating to high cost areas cut back benefits and pay.
Unexpected relocation expenses