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2023 Military Transition Survey - Findings in Military to Civilian Workforce Transition, Mental Health, Skills & Continuing Education 


In this new survey commissioned by the Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix, most U.S. military members (93%) agreed that mental health is as important as physical health, however a third of military members (33%) reported never seeking out professional counseling, despite the majority experiencing lack of sleep (69%) and anxiety (61%). The survey also explored perceptions toward transitioning from military to civilian workforce and acquired skills, barriers and resources, and the role of continued education. University of Phoenix activated this survey as part of a larger initiative with the nonprofit Give an Hour and other organizations to develop a Veteran Workplace Toolkit for employers.

The study was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Phoenix from July 10-31, 2023, among 762 U.S. adults aged 18-55 who have ever served in the military and are either currently active or non-active duty who served in the military less than five years ago. Data are weighted where necessary by education, age by sex, race/ethnicity, region, income, size of household, marital status, active and non-active duty status, and propensity to be online to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population of those who are age 18 to 55 and have served in the US military. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in The Harris Poll surveys. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within + 5.3 percentage points using a 95% confidence level.

2023 Military Transition Survey

2023 Military Transition Survey