Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces Families

June, 2020

This review was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to explore the needs and concerns raised by Armed Forces families, as well as make recommendations for change.


In January 2019, the then Defence Secretary, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, commissioned Andrew Selous MP to conduct an independent review to consider the diverse needs of Service families, assess whether the current support offer is meeting these needs, and make recommendations accordingly. The focus of this review was on currently Serving personnel, including those preparing to leave the Armed Forces, and their families. The findings from the review have led to a number of recommendations for change that address some of the issues and challenges faced by military families. The recommendations are targeted primarily at actions for the MOD and the three single Services, but some have implications for other government departments and local authorities in England, the Devolved Governments of the UK, and a range of organisations in the statutory, private and charitable sectors.

Full Reference

Walker. J, Selous. A, and Misca. G, 2020. Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces Families. Ministry of Defence.

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