DoD seeks military spouse input through survey


U.S. Air Force photo by Chustine Minoda

By USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is currently conducting the 2024 Survey of Active-Duty Spouses, and your participation is crucial. This biennial survey is a key instrument for the DoD to understand the effects of military life on spouses and their families, and to shape the future of military family policy and programs. Here’s what you need to know:

Who is Eligible? All spouses of active-duty members from any branch of the military are eligible to participate. If you’re one of the 74,000 spouses who received an invitation with a QR code, you can use that code to access the survey. If not, you can still participate by visiting and entering your DoD identification number to find the survey.

How to Access the Survey: The survey is available online at It takes about 20 minutes to complete, though many will find it takes less time. The survey includes questions tailored to your experiences, so you will only answer what’s relevant to you.

Why Your Participation Matters: Your insights are invaluable. The survey covers various aspects of military life, including financial well-being, spouse employment, military relocations, child care, and the overall health and well-being of military spouses, children, and families. The DoD uses these findings to prioritize resources and adapt programs to better meet the needs of over 594,000 active-duty spouses and their families.

This year, the survey has expanded sections on remote work and financial well-being, alongside important topics like employment and child care. Patricia Montes Barron, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy, emphasized the survey’s role as a barometer for adjusting family policy and programs. The DoD is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of military spouses and relies on your feedback to make informed decisions.

Your Privacy Matters: All responses are aggregated, ensuring that no individual data will be reported. Your privacy is a top priority, and your participation will directly impact the future of military family services.

We strongly encourage you to take a moment to share your experiences and help the DoD make informed decisions that will best support military spouses and their families. Your voice is critical in shaping the policies and programs that affect your life!