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Less than half of those polled in an annual survey of troops, veterans and military families would encourage their children to join the military, according to a report released Thursday.

The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey polled almost 6,300 people earlier this year to find the biggest issues facing military families. Between increasing uncertainty about benefits, expensive moves and difficulty finding employment for spouses and vets, only 45 percent of respondents said they would recommend military service to their own child.

"Military families are increasingly doubting if they'd like to wish this same life on their children," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national security analyst at the Brookings Institution. "It's an awareness of how hard it can be."

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