"Alt, who was married to a soldier during the Vietnam War, traces the American history of wives accompanying their husbands to war, characterizes the amenities granted military families, and shares how spouses grieve or feel left behind during a long deployment. The author confronts the unpleasant reality of adultery and domestic violence, citing studies and statistics when available." - Reference & Research Book News
Following the Flag: Marriage and the Modern Militaryby Betty L. Alt
Based on personal interviews with military spouses, as well as current articles and statistics and studies from the Department of Defense and Rand National Defense Research Institute, this book provides an objective look at America's military family in the 21st century, and explains how the military is attempting to improve family life. Following the Flag/i>… See more details below
Based on personal interviews with military spouses, as well as current articles and statistics and studies from the Department of Defense and Rand National Defense Research Institute, this book provides an objective look at America's military family in the 21st century, and explains how the military is attempting to improve family life. Following the Flag discusses both the problems and perks of today's armed forces families. It particularly looks at the military family since America has become involved in peace-keeping missions in Africa and combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Studies on family stress connected with deployment (depression, divorce, domestic violence) are presented. A special focus is the families of the National Guard and Reserves who are often unprepared, emotionally and financially, for family members to be called to duty.
In addition, the book provides current information on nontraditional military families. These include female military personnel married to civilian males, who many times must place their careers second and follow their wives to new assignments, and families where both spouses are military personnel who can be deployed at any time.
Many changes have occurred in the American armed forces over the past three decades. An all-volunteer military came into being after the end of conscription in 1973; women have joined the force in ever increasing numbers; service personnel today are again involved in combat situations around the world; reserve and guard units have been called to active duty. With these developments, the role of military families has changed as well. This book explains what the those changes have been, and what they have meant to the families involved.
Meet the Author
Betty L. Alt is the co-author of two books on the military wife: Uncle Sam's Brides (Walker, 1990) and Campfollowing: A History of the Military Wife (Praeger, 1991).
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