The U.S. Air Force recently revealed that Utah ranks among its top destinations for military families transitioning to a new duty station. This is according to the 2019 Support of Military Family comparative analysis. The analysis takes a look at the quality of a community’s public education and professional license portability. The report revealed that Utah makes it easier for a spouse to find employment versus one having to endure a lengthy bureaucratic process to receive a license.
Hill Air Force Base, near Layton City, and Roland Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City were two of only three U.S. Air Force installations to earn top marks in the study. Air Force leaders use the report information to strengthen military retention, improve quality of life and ease transitions for airmen and their families by having the report inform future mission decisions.
The study also examined support for airmen and their families, and for ways challenges may be avoided that exist for military families moving between duty stations. According to the report, career sustainment for military spouses and education for children were among some of the biggest influences when members of consider continuing their service. The study focused on public education (based on academic performance), school climate, service offerings, and state policies and programs designed to remove barriers to license portability for military spouses.