Family Policy in the Armed Forces: (An Assessment)
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Not since Reuben Hills 1949 classic study of military families experiencing war-induced separations and reunions, in which he appealed for a national policy which deals with American Families as a precious national resource, has any serious examination of social policy and the military family been attempted. This paper presents as well as calls into question some of the basic assumptions and policies of the military system and government which impinge significantly on the lives of servicemembers and their families. Support for a major review of policies affecting military families is presented through a discussion of the changing role of women and of the military family, and through a discussion of the impact of existing policies upon family life in the areas of family relocation, family isolation, family separation and war and family life. This emphasis upon policy and family life is in keeping with the growing national interest in the identification and change in arbitrary policies that place hardships on families and children and in the desire to develop policies that strengthen families.
- Sociology and Law