Thursday 20th July 2023
The tri-service results from the annual families continuous attitude survey (FamCAS) for 2023 have been published today, 20th July 2023.
FamCAS results 2023
The 2023 FamCAS was distributed to a sample of 26,792 trained Regular Service personnel who were married or in a civil partnership. The Serving person was then asked to pass the survey on to their spouse. Overall 4,739 valid responses were received, representing a response rate of 18%. The RAF response rate was 20%.
Points of note:
- Pride in their spouse continues to be the aspect Service spouses feel most positive about, at 80%.
- This is followed by job security, with nearly seven in ten (69%) feeling positive about this aspect of Service family life.
- The proportion of families feeling advantaged about childcare has increased for the first time since this question was first asked in 2017.
- Fewer families are satisfied with their quality of life as a Service family, compared to last year – notable decrease evident for RAF families.
- Satisfaction with aspects of maintenance/repair of SFA/SSFA has fallen over the past two years to the lowest levels ever reported.
- The proportion of families feeling disadvantaged about healthcare in comparison to the general public has increased for the second year in a row, to three in ten.
- The proportion of families feeling positive about household income has fallen 12 percentage points in the last two years, to just over one in three (35%). This may be due, in part, to the impact of cost of living pressures on Service families.
A detailed breakdown of the tri-Service FamCAS results can be found on the GOV.UK website: Tri- service families continuous attitude survey: 2023 (gov.uk)
Why is FamCAS important?
It is important for the Ministry of Defence and the single services to understand the opinions and attitudes of the families of service personnel. The annual tri-service FamCAS is one of the main ways to gather information on the views and experiences of our service families. The information from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.