This paper explores the dispersion of military families across England.
Strictly relying on publicly available data, this study depicts and quantifies the spatial pattern of England’s military families with dependent children. England’s Service Pupil Premium for the financial years between 2011 and 2019 is used as a proxy variable to estimate the density of service children at the parliamentary constituency level. Methodologically, the approach allows an assessment of spatial movements of a population or a cohort. The results inform policy makers by providing evidence-based findings about the location of England’s military families and how the distribution has changed between 2011 and 2019. The results show empirical evidence supporting the hypothesis that, at a macro scale, beyond commuting distance, England’s military families are becoming increasingly dispersed. We argue that the findings unveil spatial dynamics that have practical issues of housing, employment, and education regarding military families.
Rodrigues M, Osborne AK, Johnson D, Kiernan MD (2020) The exploration of the dispersal of British military families in England following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010. PLoS ONE 15(9): e0238508. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238508