Military life can create challenges for soldiers and their families, but the Army is working to improve their quality of life in several areas, including supporting and increasing employment opportunities, a panel of experts said.
Making sure military families on large Army posts have what they need to thrive is a big, intensive job—and it extends beyond the installation gates, a panel of leaders said Oct. 11.
In a town hall for family members featuring the Army’s top leaders, one soldier stood and stated his problem bluntly. His wife, he said, “would rather deal with Comcast than try to find information from the Army.”
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth visibly reeled from the rebuke, but then turned to the service’s new chief of staff, Gen. Randy George.
The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing two new podcasts in October as part of its relaunched “Army Matters” series.
First up is a podcast featuring retired Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg, a trailblazing Army officer who recently was honored when Fort Lee, Virginia, was renamed Fort Gregg-Adams in honor of him and Maj. Charity Adams Earley, who commanded the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II.
The Army’s Quality of Life Task Force has been extended three more years in its broad effort to help soldiers and their families, with programs to improve housing, help spouses find employment and other initiatives.
Holly Dailey, director of Family Readiness for the Association of the U.S. Army and spouse of former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, said this is a critical program. “Taking care of Army families is an integral part of soldier readiness,” she said.
More than 1,000 cocktail dresses and formal gowns will be featured May 7 at a free pop-up event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army and Operation Deploy Your Dress.
Teaming up for the sixth annual Operation Deploy Your Dress D.C., volunteers from the two organizations will welcome all military or dependent ID card holders at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
A special advance time slot for AUSA Premium members will begin at 8 a.m.
The White House announced Jan. 31 that the 14th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation will take a closer look at the adequacy of pay and benefits for dual-income households.
“The unique factors affecting military household incomes might require structural changes, to include the development of a new benchmark for military compensation,” says a memorandum from President Joe Biden establishing the review.
Soldiers will have more time to spend with their growing families under DoD’s recent expansion of its Military Parental Leave Program.
“It is important for the development of military families that members be able to care for their newborn, adopted or placed child or children,” Gilbert Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in the memo announcing the expansion.
Service members experiencing food insecurity may be particularly affected by issues such as stigma and a lack of awareness of resources, a Rand Corp. report found.
Just over one-quarter of active-duty service members were food insecure in 2018, according to the report. Researchers also found that food insecure troops were more likely to be enlisted personnel in the grades of E-4 to E-6, single with children, married without children or a racial or ethnic minority.
The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing two new podcasts in December, following a major relaunch of its “Army Matters” series.
First up in December is an episode titled “Twenty-four Hours’ Notice to Deploy to Afghanistan,” featuring Lt. Col. Jacob Helgestad, executive officer for the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.