The Military OneSource Reports and Survey Results home page includes descriptions and links to important Department of Defense and government quality of life reports and survey results. The reports and survey results on this page are useful to military members, their families and service providers. Please check back often to view the latest reports and survey findings as they become available.
Reports and Surveys
The annual reports to Congress from the Office of Special Needs include a description of any gaps in services available through the Department of Defense for military families with special needs, a description of the actions being taken, or planned, to address such gaps and such recommendations for legislative action as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate to provide for the continuous improvement of support for military families with special needs.
More than 680,000 active duty spouses play an important part of our military community. They face unique challenges due to their spouses' military service. For more details, have a look at our new Spouse Education and Employment Infographic below.
Within the Department of Defense, women make up 15 percent of the active duty force and 19 percent of the Selected Reserve. Compared to male service members, female service members are less likely to be married, more likely to get divorced, and more likely to be married to another service member. For more details, have a look at our new Marriage and the Military Infographics below.
The Department of Defense surveys active-duty military spouses every two years to understand and track spouses' experiences of military life, including measures of employment, relationships, child well-being, finances, PCS moves and deployments. The results help the Department of Defense shape the programs that support military families.
The Status of Forces Survey of Active Duty Members is the Department of Defense's annual survey based on a large-scale representative sample. Select findings from the 2013 and 2014 surveys cover key issues of military life, to include: Military OneSource, Financial Health, Family Life, Access to Technology, Impact of Deployments, and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Moves. By comparing results to findings from previous years, the Department of Defense and Military Services have information to better support service members and their families.
The Military Family Life Project puts military life under the microscope through a survey of military families. The first ever longitudinal study followed a number of military families for four years to study the impact of deployment.
The Military Family Life Project: Active Duty Spouse Study Report
The Military Family Life Project: Active Duty Spouse Study Report details the results of the first large-scale longitudinal Department of Defense survey of military families. Results cover the impact of military life events — deployments and permanent change of station moves — on important outcome for military spouses and children.
The Military Family Life Project 2010 Results - Unemployment Rates
The Military Family Life Project is a longitudinal survey of military families conducted annually between 2010 and 2012. These 2010 results compare military spouse unemployment rates with national unemployment rates.
The Military Family Life Project 2010 Results - Income
The Military Family Life Project is a longitudinal survey of military families conducted annually between 2010 and 2012. These results from the 2010 survey include information about family income and finances.
This report presents a synthesis of demographic information describing Active Duty (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force) and Reserve component (Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and DHS's Coast Guard Reserve) members and their families in fiscal year 2015. It serves as a reference tool for professionals who develop policy or deliver programs and services to military members and families in the Armed Forces.
The October 2015 Solicitation Privileges Report lists insurance and financial product companies and agents currently barred from soliciting on specific DoD installations as reported by the military services. Please contact the DoD Morale, Welfare and Recreation Policy Office if you have questions or comments regarding this report.
Annual Report to Congress on Plans for the DoD for the Support of Military Family Readiness
This annual report to Congress provides a summary of plans and assessment activities pertaining to military family readiness and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 assessment results based on DoD-wide goals and metrics in select family readiness program areas.
This report is pursuant to Section 571 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2010, which requires the Secretary of Defense to submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the result of a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of military deployment on the dependent children of deployed service members.
This report serves as a comprehensive overview and summary of the National Leadership Summit on Military Families, held 9 - 10 November, 2009 at the University of Maryland. The Summit brought together key individuals including senior policymakers, family program leaders and staff, military family researchers, and military family members themselves for a two-day discussion on the state of affairs for military families. The Final Report details current challenges, establishes goals, and lays out a plan of action for the future of military family support and readiness.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, the PFAC developed quickly into a multiagency emergency response effort. Various military components, federal, state, and local governments, and non-government agencies came together to support the families. This report discusses the three phases of the operation and the services and support provided to meet the needs of the families over time.
The President has made the care and support of military families a top national security policy priority. In May 2010, the President directed the National Security Staff to develop a coordinated government-wide approach to supporting military families.
This review discusses continuing and emerging quality of life topics with strategic implications, focusing on the changing nature of today's All-Volunteer Force and lessons learned from the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to inform future quality of life policies and programs.
This 2009 report focuses on 19 significant areas in which the DoD has undertaken major initiatives to improve the quality of life of our service members and their families.
This report highlights matters affecting the quality of life of members of the Armed Forces in relation to the national security strategy of the United States. It articulates a caring leadership who understands the sacrifices and demands of the military lifestyle and reiterates the Department's commitment to underwrite family support.
- Charles S. Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)
Experts from military-connected communities examined strategies, best practices, and resources for addressing the transition needs of communities and schools that serve the children of military and Department of Defense employees.
The Department of Defense has a vested interest in the excellence of education for military families, even though elementary and secondary education is the jurisdiction of the state and local governments. Attracting and retaining high-quality personnel is a priority for the all-volunteer armed forces today. One of the major factors in retaining the most capable personnel is providing quality educational experiences for service members and their families.
The Department of Defense Report on Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Abuse in the Military for Fiscal Year 2016. This report provides the child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse incident data from the DoD Family Advocacy Program Central Registry for FY 2016, as required by section 574 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2017. View the FY2016 Report on Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Abuse in the Military for FY16 below.
“A New Social Compact: A Reciprocal Partnership Between the Department of Defense, Service Members and Families” addresses the quality of life of service members and their families. The compact emphasizes the Department of Defense’s recognition of the importance of quality-of-life satisfaction to mission readiness and its commitment to providing support. The department demonstrates this by reviewing critical elements of military life support including housing, health care, family support networks and children’s education. This report outlines the department’s findings and its recommendations for implementing improvements.
The Healthy Base Initiative, launched in 2013, has worked to integrate health and wellness initiatives at 14 pilot installations. This report offers an in-depth look at the Healthy Base Initiative and how it has fared at each of the demonstration sites. The report assesses the overall effectiveness of the program, evaluates trends and makes recommendations for the future.