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Family Readiness

September 4, 2019
The Army is changing the name of its Family Readiness Groups in an effort to better connect soldier readiness to the military family, according to a recently published Army directive. The groups are now called Soldier and Family Readiness Groups,...
August 27, 2019
Resources, planning and communication are key ingredients for success in a military family—just ask the Richardsons, the only married three-star generals in the Army. While it isn’t easy, it’s possible to juggle service, family and assignments, the...
August 8, 2019
A recent survey of active-duty service members and spouses found military parents “go above and beyond” to support their children’s education. According to the survey, active-duty military parents are twice as likely as civilian parents to pay for...
July 1, 2019
The Army has a moral and ethical obligation to take care of its soldiers and their family members, an installation and family programs experts said. “If you think about the morale and readiness of soldiers and what maintains their will to fight our...
June 12, 2019
Army installations, once isolated and self-reliant outposts of the pre-World War II nation, are now part of the highly contested national security battlespace that need to be modernized and hardened, said Alex A. Beehler, assistant Army secretary...
June 11, 2019
Retention rates in the Army have spiked above 90%, and the best way to maintain such numbers is to not only take care of soldiers but their families as well, senior Defense Department and Army personnel officials say. Such high retention rates “have...
March 4, 2019
The Army has reversed its decision to end a child care subsidy program for Department of the Army civilians. Army Secretary Mark T. Esper on Feb. 28 “temporarily rescinded” a directive that would have barred civilian employees from enrolling in the...
February 26, 2019
Department of the Army civilians can no longer enroll in the Army Fee Assistance Program effective March 1. The move is part of an effort to “prioritize resources to soldiers and their families,” Lt. Gen. Bradley Becker, commanding general of the U...
February 6, 2019
Army leaders announced some major new policies on housing, moving, spouse employment and child care aimed at improving the welfare of soldiers and their families, and they promised much more to come. Speaking at a family readiness initiatives forum...
September 11, 2018
Three family focused forums are scheduled during the Association of the U.S. Army’s October Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. On opening day, Oct. 8, an afternoon forum will discuss 16 indicators of success or failure in policy and...