It Takes a Family: How Military Spousal Laws and Policies Impact National Security

Military Spouse

Caitlin Dunham writes that military readiness is a key component to achieving the US Department of Defense’s mission of protecting the security of our country. Support for the troops is conveyed in advertisements and professional sports, and by politicians and citizens across the country. However, the role of the military spouse is not often thought of being crucial to military readiness. Yet, a military spouse can strongly impact readiness through service member retention.

A military spouse’s outlook regarding the military is closely linked with a current service member’s likelihood to stay in the military. The more positive the military spouse views his or her time as a part of a military family, the more likely the service member is to stay in the military. A military spouse is more likely to have positive views of the military if he or she is afforded sufficient educational and professional opportunities.

By Caitlin Dunham

J.D. Candidate at University of Pennsylvania Law School

1 comment

  1. Hi! While reading this article, I found that Table 1 did not intuitively make a lot of sense–my experience as a military spouse does not lead me to believe that 56% of spouses have post-bacc degrees. My interpretation of the report cited is that approximately 10% of spouses have a post-bacc degree (for both male and female spouses who fall under Column 7 (holding a post-bacc degree), the report indicates 10%). Can you clarify how the Report data was interpreted? Thanks!

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