AFF addresses work/life balance of Army families



How does your soldier’s work/life balance affect your Army family? That’s what the Army Families Federation (AFF) is asking families in their latest survey, now live until 31 May.

Families’ input vital

AFF is aware that some families struggle with their soldier’s working hours and inability to take the annual leave they are owed. They are keen to learn more about the barriers to a good work/life balance families are facing, and importantly, what families feel would make a positive difference.

Informing AFF’s next steps

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “Families tell us that it can be a struggle for their soldier to be able to switch off when they come home to their family. What’s more, others report that they hardly see their soldier, due to his or her workload. We are asking families to share their experience of these issues with us, to inform our next steps in securing positive changes on their behalf.”

Impact on retention

AFF’s short survey asks families whether poor work/life balance has forced them to consider leaving the Army – this comes after ‘impact of Service life on family and personal life’ has repeatedly been the top reason given by personnel who have put in their notice to leave the Army.

Their work/life balance survey is live from 4-31 May; families can take part at

To find out more about the work AFF does on behalf of Army families worldwide, visit


Notes to Editor:

  • The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families: Regular or Reserve, wherever they are based, whatever the make-up of their family.
  • Throughout the UK and overseas, AFF works hard to achieve policy change and progress in favour of Army families; they offer advice and guidance on all aspects of Army life, confidentially and in an easy-to-digest way.
  • They work with other agencies such as MOD, government, charities and other key players to strengthen their cause and fight for a fair deal for families everywhere.
  • Their family-focussed website ( contains information about all aspects of Army family life, and their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages offer families other easy ways to contact us, interact with us, or simply follow the work we are doing.
  • AFF operates by four core values, which are pivotal to our work. These are:
    • AFF always puts families first
    • AFF can be trusted
    • AFF is bold and determined
    • AFF is inclusive

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For more information about AFF’s work, contact Donna Bernard, AFF Comms & Marketing Director, at



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