Method: Using data from the 2009 Survey of National Guard Spouses obtained from the Defense Manpower Data Center, Survey and Program Evaluation Division, spouses' assessment of military sources of help such as Military OneSource, Family Readiness Group, unit commander, and other unit leadership, as well as civilian sources of help such as civilian organizations, social groups/clubs, friends/coworkers, and family were analyzed. Then regression models were run (SPSS 17 ) to explore whether or not spouses' valuation of resources predicted their satisfaction with the National Guard lifestyle. Results: Between 51 and 69 percent of 5637 spouses responding to questions about the helpfulness of resources utilized military supports. Military OneSource, an Internet based program, was the most highly rated military support. More than 90 percent of spouses turned to friends, co-workers and family for help and were extremely satisfied. Between 46 and 67 percent utilized civilian organizations and social groups for help and were similarly highly satisfied. Finally, satisfaction with help provided during deployment predicted satisfaction with National Guard lifestyle.
Conclusions and Implications: More National Guard spouses indicated use and high satisfaction with civilian supports during deployment. Military OneSource was highly rated by those who used it. It would be useful to know the reasons for low utilization of military related sources of help. National Guard spouses may identify more with the civilian community as suggested in the Rand Report (2008). Barriers may exist such as lack of Internet access that prevent utilization of other resources. Further data regarding choices and satisfaction with support would ensure that support that is effective and desirable is available when needed.