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Exploring the association between military base neighborhood characteristics and soldiers' and airmen's outcomes

Exploring the association between military base neighborhood characteristics and soldiers' and airmen's outcomes

Meadows, Sarah O. (Sarah Opal), 1978-

Current extended military engagements in foreign nations have taken their toll on U.S. service members and their families. As a result, the services have made renewed commitments to support the needs of these families of military personnel. Quality-of-life and family programs across the services continue to grow. But no service has applied neighborhood theory and methods to better understand these military issues. Installations, and the communities where they are located, vary in terms of the quality of life they provide inhabitants. Similarly, the families who live in these communities and who are assigned to these installations vary in terms of their needs. A one-size-fits-all approach to base resource allocation and the provision of services may not be the most effective in fostering health and well-being among service members and their families. Thus, the services may want to use this approach as part of their efforts to identify gaps in support to service members and families so that they can make the necessary adjustments and better compensate where communities are lacking. This report explores the applicability of neighborhood theory and social indicators research to understanding the quality of life in and around military bases. It also highlights gaps in neighborhood study methodology that need to be addressed in future research. Finally, it outlines how a more in-depth neighborhood analysis of military installations could be conducted

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Sarah O. Meadows, Laura L. Miller, Jeremy N.V. Miles, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Brandon T. Dues
ISBN: 0833078518, 0833078801, 083307881X, 0833078828, 9780833078513, 9780833078803, 9780833078810, 9780833078827
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Series: Technical report ; TR-1234-RC/A/AF
Subject: United States. Army Barracks and quarters Evaluation.; Quality of life United States Statistics.; Airmen United States Social conditions 21st century.; Military Personnel.; HISTORY Military General.; Military bases United States.; Residence Characteristics.; SCIENCE Environmental Science.; Quality of Life.; United States. Air Force Barracks and quarters Evaluation.; United States. Army.; United States. Air Force.; Neighborhoods Social aspects United States.; Soldiers United States Social conditions 21st century.; Social indicators United States.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR-1234-RC/A/AF.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Neighborhood Studies and Social Indicators Research
  3. Data and Methods
  4. Case Study 1: U.S. Army Installations
  5. Case Study 2: U.S. Air Force Bases
  6. Recommendations for Neighborhood Studies in General and for Future Research on Military Neighborhoods
  7. Appendix A. Detailed Army Results
  8. Appendix B. Detailed Air Force Results.