Report: Most U.S. Troops, Veterans Increasingly Recommending Family And Friends Not Join The Military…
Less than half of those polled in an annual survey of troops, veterans and military families would encourage their children to join the military, according to a report released Thursday.
The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey polled almost 6,300 people earlier this year to find the biggest issues facing military families. Between increasing uncertainty about benefits, expensive moves and difficulty finding employment for spouses and vets, only 45 percent of respondents said they would recommend military service to their own child.
“Military families are increasingly doubting if they’d like to wish this same life on their children,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a national security analyst at the Brookings Institution. “It’s an awareness of how hard it can be.”[…]
Military spouses, current service members and veterans all listed military benefits and retirement reform as the top two most concerning issues, according the report. More than 40 percent said “uncertainty in military life” was the top obstacle to their families feeling financially stable.
There was also a lack of trust between those polled and the government, as nearly half said they do not feel confident they will get the benefits they were promised upon their retirement.