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Survey Methods and Demographics

The 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey was fielded online from October 7, 2019 to November 11, 2019. During that time, 7,785 people participated.

Branches of service and service status:

Our participants come from every branch of service and are connected to military life in some way. More than 42 percent are active duty service members and their spouses. We also include veterans, retirees, national guard, and reserve members, and their families, as well as Gold Star spouses and divorced spouses.


Connection to Military Life:

Ranks of Service

Most survey respondents came from enlisted ranks, specifically E4 to E6, as is also true of today’s armed forces. We are proud that our respondents included all ranks of service.


Most active duty service member respondents were younger than 34 years old, which is representative of the serving force, which, according to the Department of Defense 2018 Demographics Profile has an average age of 28.2. Similarly, the spouses of active duty service members who responded to our survey were also younger than 34 years old.

Active Duty Service Members:

Spouses of Active Duty Service Members:


The majority of active duty members and spouses who responded have children younger than 18. The childrens’ ages were relatively evenly distributed, with 68% of them younger than nine years old.

Families with children younger than 18:

Ages of children:


Respondents came from all 50 states in the country, two US territories, and 24 international countries. The top states in which the most respondents live are also the states most populated by service members: Texas, Virginia, California, North Carolina, and Florida.

All 50 States

Respondents came from all 50 states in the country. The top states from which the most respondents live are also the states most populated by service members:

  1. Texas
  2. Virginia
  3. California
  4. North Carolina
  5. Florida
  6. New York
  7. Washington State
  8. Georgia

Two US Territories

  1. Guam
  2. Puerto Rico

22 International Countries

  1. Bahrain
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. China
  5. Colombia
  6. Cuba
  7. England
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. France
  11. Italy
  12. Japan
  13. Kuwait
  14. Netherlands
  15. Philippines
  16. Poland
  17. Portugal
  18. Qatar
  19. Scotland
  20. South Korea
  21. Spain
  22. Thailand

A Closer Look

Food Insecurity

In 2017, MFAN began exploring food insecurity in the military community. This year the team is releasing in-depth findings that shed light on the severity of food insecurity among military families.

Learn More