This paper explores the effect of repeated military relocation on spouse employment.
Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of accompanied postings to explore this issue through the lens of self-determination theory; all were married women with at least one child. Participants explained how employment contributed to an independent identity, enabling social connectedness, providing a sense of self-confidence and value but limiting agency over employment decisions. Spouse employment, and therefore, well-being could be improved by the provision of better childcare access or additional support in finding employment and training opportunities.
Gribble, R., Goodwin, L., Oram, S. and Fear, N. T., 2019. ‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being. Health Psychology Open.