Survey Findings

The Defense Department regularly surveys service members and their families to better understand how they experience military life. Topics covered include overall well-being, stress, financial health, family life and the impact of deployments.


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These annual surveys of military service members provide a look at the experiences and attitudes of service members across all military branches. The survey is conducted separately for active-duty service members and reserve component service members. Topics often include leading indicators, Military OneSource, financial health, transition assistance, family life and access to technology.

Previous Status of Forces Surveys


Survey of Active Duty Spouses

New findings released February 2023.

This DOD biennial survey provides a look at the experiences and attitudes of spouses. Topics include: spouse military support, PCS moves, financial well-being, spouse unemployment, impact of COVID-19 pandemic on military families.

Previous Spouse Surveys