The percentage of active duty respondents to the 2017 Blue Star Military Families Lifestyle Survey who said they planned to leave the military within the next two years for reasons other than retirement or separation. The top reason given by these respondents was "Concerns about impact of military service on family." According to the survey, "Amount of time away from family is the top concern, surpassing pay and benefits, which had been the top concern since 2013."
Concerns over the impact of service on military children are increasing. Military child education is new to the Top 5 for service members and military spouses. Both groups also ranked impact of deployment on children in the Top 5.