Living in our Shoes: Understanding the Needs of UK Armed Forces Families

Summary: This review was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to explore the needs and concerns raised by Armed Forces families, as well as make recommendations for change. The responses to the Call for Evidence were extremely detailed and thoughtful, and concerns about various issues were tempered with positive comments about the exciting experiences and considerable opportunities that military life offers to members of the Armed Forces community. During the analysis of written submissions, face-to-face discussions, and our own observations at military bases, a number of key themes emerged about the challenges experienced by military families today. Across all three Services, the key issues raised were: accommodation, mobility, deployment and the amount of time, Serving personnel spend apart from their families, the impact of Service life on children and young people, the employment and careers of spouses/partners, the health and well-being of Serving personnel and family members and the impact of military life on personal relationships.

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