Today's Military

Army OneSource is dedicated to identifying and sharing timely resources and data about the military population.

Leverage these academic research articles, studies and reports on subsets of the military population, along with the featured resources, to help guide your work on behalf of Service members, Veterans and their Families.

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Author:
Blue Star Families
Date:
December 2016
Description:

The 2016 survey was designed by Blue Star Families (BSF) in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and was analyzed with extensive input from military family members and advocates, subject matter experts, and policymakers who work with military families. Each year the survey identifies the top issues of concern and this year, for the first time, the issues were compared across various subgroups (active duty spouses, veterans, and active duty service members).

Author:
Hiring Our Heroes, a Program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Date:
November 2016
Description:

The employment landscape for Veterans has changed signficantly over the last several years. Businesses and organizations of all sizes have undertaken great efforts to help Veterans find meaningful employment. The impact of these efforts cannot be overstated. In less than five years, the overall Veteran unemployment rate has been nearly cut in half.

Author:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Date:
May 2015
Description:

Over the years CHALENG has helped build thousands of relationships between VA and community agencies so they can better serve homeless Veterans locally. Data from CHALENG on Veterans’ unmet needs has assisted VA in the development of major new Veterans’ services including the Homeless Veteran Dental Program (HVDP), expansion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, the Veterans Justice Programs and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

Author:
Rand Corporation, Terri L. Taniellan, Benjamin R. Karney, Sarah O. Meadows
Date:
Spring 2016
Description:

The broad goal of the study was to gather data to evaluate the effects of deployment on Service members, Spouses, and their children. In particular, this study sought to identify which Families are best able to withstand the strains of deployment and the kinds of coping strategies that characterize these Families, and which Families are most vulnerable to the negative consequences of deployment so that those Families might be targeted for extra support.

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Author:
C. Zoli, R. Maury, & D. Fay, Institute for Veterans & Military Families, Syracuse University
Date:
November 2015
Description:

This summary report uses an interdisciplinary,data-driven approach to understand how today’s Post-9/11 military servicemembers are faring in their transition processes, especially in higher education. The report prioritizes an evidence-based approach through targeted surveys, interviews, and focus groups and centers the perspectives of recent servicemembers (active-duty, reserves, National Guard, veterans, and their families) in its analyses. An infographic has been designed to visually support the summary report.

Author:
Office of Servicemember Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Date:
Spring 2016
Description:

The Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the fourth annual complaint report detailing the data and trends surrounding complaints submitted to the CFPB by Service members, their Families and Veterans. The report provides details concerning the over 19,000 complaints received throughout 2015 and the Military-specific enforcement actions brought by the Bureau. It also describes the outreach and educational initiatives OSA has done in the past year.

Author:
The Rand Corporation
Date:
June 1, 2015
Description:

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are an important community-based resource for veterans as they readjust to civilian life. Since little is known about the nature of this support, we (Rand Corporation) conducted exploratory interviews with 14 national organizations involved in faith-based support of veterans and 15 smaller, local FBOs from three distinct metropolitan areas, including religious congregations, retreat centers, and those that provide transitional assistance, to understand better their current and potential roles in veteran reintegration.

Author:
Installation Management Command, Army OneSource
Date:
May 30, 2014
Description:

Army OneSource presented “Best Practices for Integrating Military and Civilian Communities,” an engaging workshop designed to provide you a better understanding of today’s Military population, strategies for collaborating with Military agencies, promising practices for Military outreach, and how information and referral enhances engagement with community partners. The workshop was presented by Shaunya M. Murrill, Installation Management Command, Army OneSource, San Antonio, Texas.

Author:
Bureau of Labor and Statistics | Office of Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits Administration
Date:
June 2017
Description:

Every quarter, the BLS releases updated employment facts and statistics via a fact sheet for your use and information. This fact sheet reports that the Veteran unemployment number has decreased slightly to 3.6% over the second quarter 2017.

Author:
Bureau of Labor and Statistics | Office of Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits Administration
Date:
July 2017
Description:

Every month, the BLS releases updated employment facts and statistics via a fact sheet for your use and information. This fact sheet reports that the national unemployment decreased slightly from 4.4% to 4.3% and the Veteran unemployment numbers decreased from 3.7% to 3.5%.

Author:
Bureau of Labor and Statistics | Office of Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits Administration
Date:
December 2016
Description:

Every year, the BLS releases updated employment facts and statistics via a fact sheet for your use and information. This fact sheet reports that the Veteran unemployment number averages 4.3% over the course of the 2016 year.

Author:
Blue Star Families
Date:
October 28, 2015
Description:

The 2015 survey was designed by Blue Star Families (BSF) in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and was analyzed with extensive input from military family members and advocates, subject matter experts, and policymakers who work with military families. Each year the survey identifies the top issues of concern.

Author:
Blue Star Families
Date:
September 16, 2014
Description:

The 2014 survey was designed by Blue Star Families (BSF) in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and was analyzed with extensive input from military family members and advocates, subject matter experts, and policymakers who work with military families. Each year the survey identifies the top issues of concern and this year, for the first time, the issues were compared across various subgroups (active duty spouses, veterans, and active duty service members).

Author:
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Date:
July 24, 2014
Description:

This survey is the largest non-governmental survey of confirmed Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. It asks IAVA members about their experiences with reintegration, health and mental health, employment, education and asks how the government is doing to support them and their fellow vets.

Author:
The Rand Corporation Arroyo Center | Sponsored by the U.S Army
Date:
2014
Description:

Ongoing deployments since 2004 have affected the population dynamics at military installations and military treatment facilities (MTFs). When operational Army units such as infantry brigades deploy, active duty health care providers assigned to the units go with them, and so do some active-duty providers who are assigned to work full-time at MTFs. So when large Army units deploy and leave the installations at which they train, the number of providers available to provide care for soldiers and other beneficiaries at the installation decreases, as does the number of beneficiaries seeking care, through the large-scale departure of soldiers deploying with the units.

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Author:
Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission
Date:
June 2014
Description:

This interim report is designed to establish a common set of information and references to help inform the Commission’s work and the public debate on military compensation modernization. As documented throughout this report, the Commission undertook an extensive review of relevant laws, regulations,and policies; associated appropriated Federal funding; and historical and contextual background for the uniformed services’ compensation and benefit programs across the Federal Government.

Author:
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
Date:
May 2014
Description:

The U.S. military is a unique workforce because military service, especially during wartime, is oft en dangerous, sometimes life threatening, and inherently stressful. Not surprisingly, since the beginning of combat operations in Fall 2001, there have been large and increasing numbers of veteran and current military members with self-reported and clinically diagnosed mental disorders.

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Author:
Blue Star Families
Date:
May 8, 2014
Description:

The 2013 Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey identified financial issues as one of the top concerns of Service member respondents and their Families.

Author:
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
Date:
April 2014
Description:

Perceptions of the relative “importance" of various health conditions in military populations often determine the natures, extents, and priorities for resources applied to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention activities.

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Author:
The Rand Corporation | National Defense Research Institute
Date:
April 2014
Description:

There has been very little research on older recruits, who made up 48 percent of recruits across all components and services in 2009. This report aims to improve understanding of the enlistment decisions of older recruits, those who did not join the Army right after high school—assumedly those older than 20 years of age when they enlisted.

Author:
The Rand Corporation | Sponsored by Caring for Military Families, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Date:
April 1, 2014
Description:

Many wounded, injured, or disabled veterans rely for their day to day care on informal caregivers: family members, friends, or acquaintances who devote substantial amounts of time and effort to caring for them. These informal caregivers, who we term military caregivers, play a vital role in facilitating the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of wounded, ill, and injured veterans.

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Author:
The Rand Corporation | Sponsored by Caring for Military Families, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Date:
March 31, 2014
Description:

While health care providers play an essential role in the recovery and reintegration of wounded, ill, and injured service members, military caregivers also play a part in helping veterans get the care they need and adhere to treatment.

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Author:
The Rand Corporation | Sponsored by Caring for Military Families, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Date:
March 31, 2014
Description:

RAND researchers estimate that there are 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States today.

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Author:
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)
Date:
March 3, 2014
Description:

Most mental health disorders and suicidal ideation among U.S. Army soldiers start before enlistment, according to findings published in the March 3, 2014, online version of JAMA psychiatry.

Author:
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Office of Servicemember Affairs
Date:
April 2015
Description:

The Bureau’s Office of Consumer Response (Consumer Response) hears directly from consumers about the challenges they face in the marketplace, brings their concerns to the attention of financial institutions, and assists in addressing their complaints.

Author:
School of Medicine and Public Health | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date:
February 20, 2014
Description:

Although often eagerly anticipated, reunification after deployment poses challenges for families, including adjusting to the parent–soldier’s return, re-establishing roles and routines, and the potentially necessary accommodation to combat-related injuries or psychological effects.

Author:
Institute for Veterans and Military Families | Military Officers Association of America
Date:
February 2014
Description:

The overarching objective of this research report and infographic was to evaluate the cumulative economic impact on Armed Forces spouses who may be unable to sustain employment due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, licensure constraints, and lack of career enhancing opportunities.

Author:
U.S Department of Education | Institute of Education Sciences | National Center for Education Statistics
Date:
February 2014
Description:

This report provides descriptive national data on the prevalence and characteristics of services and support programs for military service members and veterans at postsecondary institutions in the United States.

Author:
Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
Date:
November 2013
Description:

Although the job market appears to be improving, challenges remain. Some are unique to military service; others are universal. The purpose of this report is to help promote better understanding and stronger links between job-seeking veterans and employers.

Author:
Blue Star Families | Department of Research and Policy
Date:
May 1, 2013
Description:

The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey takes a proactive look at the current needs and priorities of military families and service members and what can be done to support them. The goal of the survey is to provide concrete data and information about prominent aspects of the military lifestyle so that decision makers can make informed choices on their behalf.

Author:
National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. America’s Women Veterans: Military Service History and VA Benefit Utilization Statistics. National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.
Date:
November 2011
Description:

Over the past 30 years, women have entered the military in ever-increasing numbers. This comprehensive report chronicles the history of women in the military and as Veterans, profiles the characteristics of women Veterans in 2009, illustrates how women Veterans in 2009 utilized some of the major benefits and services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and discusses the future of women Veterans in relation to VA.

Author:
National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. | Reboot Workshop
Date:
2015
Description:

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit organization, offers extensive personalized transitional training through workshops, known as Reboot Workshops that address the personal, social and professional aspects of military-to-civilian life transition. During the 15-day, 3-week course workshops, participants take a survey to better identify their transition barriers. This fact sheet provides the results of the surveys and workshop statistics.

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More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Source: The Washington Post | The Kaiser Family Foundation

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