Living in our Shoes: Understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families

Posted 25th November 2020

In January 2019, the then Defence Secretary, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, commissioned Andrew Selous MP to conduct an independent review to consider the diverse needs of Service families, assess whether the current support offer is meeting these needs, and make recommendations accordingly. The focus of this review was on currently Serving personnel, including those preparing to leave the Armed Forces, and their families. Key themes emerged during the review about the challenges experienced by military families today which are regarded as detrimental to modern family life and relationships. These include accommodation; mobility; deployment; impact of Service life on military children and young people; employment and careers of spouses/partners; health and well-being of Serving personnel and family members; and the impact of Service life on personal relationships.

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