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2016 Annual Report

Helping Military Families Navigate Transitions

Father talking to sonAccording to the Department of Defense’s 2015 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community Report, more than half (58.9 percent) of the 1,301,443 Active Duty military members in the United States were married and/or had at least one child. Of the 826,106 Selected Reserve members in 2015, more than half (53.8 percent) were married and/or had at least one child.

Service members and their families are known to be resilient, but they still need help facing many unique challenges related to military life, deployments, and reintegration. Extension Center for Family Development plays an important role in providing that help by leading the Military Family Learning Network: Family Transitions Concentration Area. This initiative provides education and resources for military family service professionals and Cooperative Extension staff working with military families across the United States to help them build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions.

An Extension Center for Family Development team of staff and educators provide professional development webinars and other resources based on the latest research in relevant fields. The Family Development team also coordinates blog posts, social media, and other communication vehicles to help professionals working with military families share ideas and connect with each other. We are proud to play this role in supporting our nation’s military families, who make so many sacrifices for our country.

Related Resources

Supporting Military Families — Learn about the cycle of deployment and how to better support military families.

Resources for Military Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Friends — Includes one-stop websites, children's education needs, programs for youth, and resources to help families with transitions.

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