Trend Data: From the spring 2007 to fall 2008, there were an unprecedented number of statistically significant increases in satisfaction among officers which may be due to the Army having announced in April 2007 that forthcoming deployments for OIF/OEF would be for 15 months instead of 12-months and/or their being a “mode” effect due to officers having completed the SSMP on-line rather than paper/pencil surveys. Details can be found in the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral Sciences Survey Report.
• Statistical analysis has demonstrated that Soldier use of MWR positively affects readiness and retention.
• Statistical analysis also has demonstrated that when Soldiers and their spouses really believe they live in a “quality community” which is a good place in which to raise children, Soldier retention increases.
• MWR programs contribute to the Soldier and family having a sense of belonging to a caring military community. This reinforces the Soldier’s and spouse’s desire to choose the Army as a way of life despite the serious military stressors and strains they and their family members experience.