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Grumblings In The Army's Ranks

May 25, 2001

Army officers and their families are deeply dissatisfied with the service's culture, working conditions and leadership. So concludes an Army study to be released today, which found junior officers alienated from senior commanders, overworked and frustrated by an unpredictable life that disrupts families.

The military has been aware of morale problems, but the survey underscored the depth of the dissatisfaction.

  • Some 73 percent of those surveyed said they were unable to achieve a proper balance between the Army and family life.
  • And 66 percent said the quality of life standards were unacceptable.
  • Some 69 percent said Army housing was inadequate.

Army leaders say they are already making changes to improve the service's quality of life.

Those include granting four-day weekends on federal holidays, allowing families with high school seniors to request transfer delays until after graduation, limiting the hours soldiers might work on weekends while at their home base and lengthening many assignments for young officers so they can learn necessary skills before being transferred to a new job.

Source: Dave Moniz, "Frustration Marks Army Life, Study Says," USA Today, May 25, 2001.


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