The military has definitely become more family friendly. Travel on airlines has made it possible for someone to make quick visits home. When a soldier becomes a parent, he can hop on a flight to see his newborn child. The military did not used to be that sensitive to the needs of families. This has changed in recent years, partly due to being an all-volunteer force.
The military has become much more family friendly. The Navy allows a married father 10 days of paternity leave to be taken within 365 days of the birth. The Army, too, allows 10 days, to be taken within 60 days of the birth. Airmen in the Air Force must use paternity leave within 60 days, but can get approval for 90 days.
There are still thousands of reports like this every year. The difference is that technology allows family to communicate with one another more easily. The military may not be more family friendly, but e-mail,texting, and video chat helps them to stay in touch and " witness" important family moments like the birth of a child.
Although the American military has on the face of it become more family friendly, going as far as to provide excellent cohabitation options for couples, I feel that we must primarily look at the wider mission of the army. By compromising values the US military is not more family friendly to the average American.