March 5, 2010
I read today about an Army survey that is giving spouses an opportunity to have their voices heard on a variety of issues.
Army officials have just sent out the 2010 Survey of Army Families to 75,000 randomly-selected civilian spouses of active-duty soldiers.
The survey will be used to assess the support provided to families and soldiers during the past nine years of conflict, Rob McIlvaine wrote in an article published on the Army’s Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Web page. And, Army leaders will use the survey results to plan, develop and improve policies and programs that benefit Army families, McIlvaine reported.
“This survey is your chance to tell the Army leadership what it’s like during this difficult period with so many of our soldiers deployed,” Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command, told spouses in a letter introducing the survey.
Because this number represents just a small portion of the total number of spouses, it’s extremely important to complete the survey. “Your voice is extremely important. As a spouse randomly selected to participate in this survey, you will be not only be speaking for yourself, you’ll be representing many other Army spouses, said Joseph Rayzor, FMWRC director of marketing.
This periodic survey provides valuable information to Army officials about families’ opinions and attitudes and gives them a chance to evaluate the effectiveness of family programs. The survey also tracks trends in the characteristics of Army families, identifies new and emerging issues and supplements other studies conducted on families.
Spouses not selected for the survey still can make sure their voices are heard using their spouse’s chain of command, participate in the Army Family Action Plan process or speak with their local family support group or Army Community Service directors to learn how to direct their comments to the appropriate agency.
Learn more about the survey by reading “Active Army Spouses Get Chance to tell the Army What’s on Their Mind.”