A compendium of military support programs across TTCP nations


  1. Tanner, L.
  2. Aker, T.
  3. Otis, N.
  4. Wang, Z.
Corporate Authors
Director General Military Personnel Research & Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Family support has been identified by the Chief of the Defence Staff as a priority issue for the Chief of Military Personnel. In support of this initiative, the Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA) was tasked with identifying research that would assist in scoping options for the way ahead in seven critical areas – schooling, childcare, spousal employment, healthcare, spousal/family support while military personnel are away, morale and welfare programs (military exchanges, gyms, theatres, etc.), and housing. A synopsis of the research that has been done since 1990 with regards to these factors was drafted in March 2008, in preparation for the Canadian Forces (CF) Family Services Summit to be held in May 2008. DGMPRA was then tasked to review the military family support programs of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) nations (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States). This paper provides a synopsis of the programs that exist in each of the five countries with regards to the seven critical areas. Based upon this review, it was found that there are a multitude of family support programs that have been developed to meet the particular needs of each military. Lessons learned and best practices can be easily extracted, bearing in mind different governance and legislative structures.

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Family Support;Schooling;Childcare;Spousal Employment;Healthcare;Spousal/Family Support While Military Personnel Are Away;Morale and Welfare Programs;Housing;TTCP Militaries;Support services
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2008-062 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2008
Number of Pages
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