AUSA Family Readiness is dedicated to providing Army families the tools and resources they need to help them manage the challenges of the military life cycle. 

Survey: Military Families ‘Resilient but Exhausted’

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Survey: Military Families ‘Resilient but Exhausted’

Key issues for military families—and their service members’ propensity to continue serving—were inextricably linked to their well-being in 2023, according to a new report from the Military Family Advisory Network.

“Our country, our national security, our democracy counts on those who serve,” the group’s 2023 Military Family Support Programming Survey found. “They count on their families, and this report has shown that their well-being—the whole family—and propensity to recommend military service are not mutually exclusive.”

Military Spouses Critical to Health of All-Volunteer Force

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Military Spouses Critical to Health of All-Volunteer Force

Satisfaction with military life among military spouses is “incredibly important” to the state of the all-volunteer force, according to a senior DoD official.

Citing the results of a recent military spouse survey that showed a slight decline in satisfaction with military life, Patricia Barron, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said the downward trend reveals that spouses want to be heard and supported.

AUSA Launches Family Fellows Program

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AUSA Launches Family Fellows Program

The Association of the U.S. Army is launching a Family Fellows program to grow and enhance its support to military families.

Four military spouses make up the program’s inaugural class. As AUSA family fellows, they are subject-matter experts and advisers on issues relating to military families. They will expand the AUSA Family Readiness directorate’s mission to educate, inform and connect through relevant programs and resources, educational and outreach efforts and advocacy for Army and veteran families.

AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in April

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AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in April

A dress swap that has grown to save military families more than $2 million, and efforts to honor the heroes who fought in the World War II Battle of Bataan will be highlighted in April as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s “Army Matters” podcast series.

First up is a podcast featuring Yvonne Coombes, CEO and co-founder of Operation Deploy Your Dress.

AUSA Hosts 7th Operation Deploy Your Dress Event

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AUSA Hosts 7th Operation Deploy Your Dress Event

The Association of the U.S. Army and Operation Deploy Your Dress are teaming up again this year for a free pop-up event featuring more than 1,000 cocktail dresses and formal gowns.

Army Works to Boost Spouse Employment Opportunities

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Army Works to Boost Spouse Employment Opportunities

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. 

More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

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LTG Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general of Installation Management Command, attends the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Taking Care of People session at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

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.

Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

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Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Randy A. George and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Family Forum IV: Senior Leaders Briefing at AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

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. 

AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in October

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AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in October

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.