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US Army Recruiting Command. Army Family Action Plan. for Spouse Pre-Command Course 14 May 2007. U.S. Army Recruiting Command. 1. As of 10 May 07. Army Family Action Plan. Today’s Army Family. The greatest challenge in the 21 st Century is “Work-Life Balance”.

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US Army Recruiting Command

Army Family Action Plan

for

Spouse Pre-Command Course

14 May 2007

U.S. Army Recruiting Command

1

As of 10 May 07


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Army Family Action Plan


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Today’s Army Family

The greatest challenge in the 21st Century is “Work-Life Balance”

  • Dual careers – 51% of spouses employed

    • Emerging social trends; changing demographics

  • Higher aspirations and expectations

    • Higher standard of living

  • Better educated and informed

    • Through improved technology/Internet

  • Increasing demands – child care, youth

    programs, community services, youth education


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Why AFAP?

… the voice of the people to senior leadership

… recommends solutions along with concerns

… issues come from Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, retirees, Family members, DA civilians

… addresses the demands of Army life

… real time information -- current environment

… contributes to Soldier and Family retention

… improves our standards of living

… makes the Army a better place to live and work!


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AFAP: Two Processes Working in Tandem

AFAP Issue Submission

(AFAP Conferences)

AFAP Issue Resolution

(AFAP GOSC)

New Issues

New issues added

Army Staff works issues

InProcessReview(Mar)

HQDA

AFAP Conference

(November)

MACOM

AFAP Conferences

(March-June)

Spring (May)

GOSC Meeting

Fall (Nov)

GOSC Meeting

Installation/Unit

AFAP Forums

(October-March)

Army Staff works issues

InProcessReview(Sep)

Issue Updates


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(20%)

15

81 issues

25

Status of AFAP Issues

1983-2007

(32%)

618 Issues

200

28

175

150

(20%)

(18%)

125

26

129 issues

17

100

(10%)

75

77 issues

7

77 issues

50

25

46 issues

38

25

19

16

10

0

Force Support

Medical

Relocation

Family Support

Child & Youth

7 Issues Combined

93 Active

410 Completed

108 Unattainable

101Legislative changes

145DoD or Army policy/regulatory changes

164Improved programs or services/funding


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Purpose of an AFAP Conference

To identify and prioritize

issues impacting Soldier, family, and civilian standards of living

to assist Army Leadership

establish priorities for the transforming Army


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What is an AFAP issue?

Criteria To Be Met:

  • Issue is mindful of current political and resource environment

  • Has a measurable end product (What you want to happen!)

  • Issue is within the purview of your command, HQDA or DOD to influence

  • Does not duplicate an active AFAP issue or an issue that has been addressed in the past 3 years


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AFAP Recap

  • Grassroots program started in 1983 by spouses

  • Issue Resolution - Proven Results

    • 52% of issues benefit all Services

    • 98 changes to legislation; 141 policy changes; 162 programs/services

      improved/established

  • Next Conference:

    • Theme: “Setting Standards of Living for the Transforming Army”

    • 13 – 17 Nov 06

    • Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

    • Delegate sensing session to identify what’s working and what needs

      improvement related to mobilization and deployment; four most

      important services; six critical active AFAP issues.

  • Leaders trust/support AFAP


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AFAP IMPACTS READINESS

BenefitErosion

UnitTurbulence

FinancialConcerns

Personal &Family Issues

HealthCare

High UnitOPTEMPO

AFAPISSUES

AFAPISSUES

READINESS


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THE BOTTOM LINE:

Don't forget --

youare the voice of our Army.

AFAP enhances that voice!

Speak out!


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USAREC AFAP

  • Let’s go back to thebeginning…


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Well-Being Vision:

Provide Same Level Of Support To Our Soldiers And Families As That Enjoyed By Those Assigned To Military Installations.

Challenging because...

Soldiers are assigned to locations where they can be the most successful, not where they can receive the best support.


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Recruiter Family Facts

  • Two-thirds of Recruiting Soldiers and Families live 50 miles or more from military installation

  • Delivery of Service hindered by distance from service providers

  • Absence of standard Military Family Support System causes feelings of isolation

  • Excessive travel sometimes required in order to volunteer, receive training, or attend/support military functions (i.e., ATC, newcomer orientation, FRG, and AFTB)


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Typical Issues Completed at USAREC Level

  • Cell phones for recruiters

  • Spouse appreciation certificate

  • Limited foreign language speaking

    TRICARE customer service.

  • Funding for military dependents in

    southern Puerto Rico.

  • SFA’s for recruiting battalions

  • 800 Numbers for SFA’s


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Past Successful Issues Submitted by USAREC

  • TRICARE Prime Remote

  • Mail order Pharmacy

  • Frame of Choice & FOCUS

  • General Anesthesia (Dental)

  • EFMP Weight Allowance


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Typical Issues Completed at USAREC Level

  • Cell phones for recruiters

  • Spouse appreciation certificate

  • Limited foreign language speaking TRICARE customer service.

  • Funding for military dependents in southern Puerto Rico.


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Past Successful Issues Submitted by USARECto DA AFAP

  • TRICARE Prime Remote

  • Mail order Pharmacy

  • Frame of Choice & FOCUS

  • General Anesthesia (Dental)

  • EFMP Weight Allowance


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Past Successful Issues Submitted by USARECto DA AFAP

  • Change VHA Computation

  • Enlisted Weight Allowance

  • Leased Family Housing

  • Nutritional Supplements

  • Establish SSE NAF for Family Programs/ Volunteer Support


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Army Family Action PlanIssue Development

What‘s it all

about?

Title

  • Summarizes the issue.

  • Is as short as possible.


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Army Family Action PlanIssue Development

What’s the

matter?

Scope

  • Defines the problem.

  • Is understandable to an outsider.

  • Is written in paragraph form.

  • Tracks with the Conference

  • Recommendation.

  • Identifies onevalid problem.


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Army Family Action PlanIssue Development

Conference Recommendation

Got a few good ideas?

  • Is numbered.

  • Starts with a strong, descriptive verb and

  • ends with a measurable end product.

  • Tells what you want to happen. Does not explain “why” (that’s the Scope).

  • No more than 3 recommendations -- prioritize!

  • Meets issue criteria.


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Issue Criteria

  • Issue has broad impact and is within the purview of the local area, MACOM, or HQDA to influence.

  • Issue is attainable after considering current political and resource environment.

  • Issue has measurable objectives with an identified end product.

  • Issue does not duplicate an active HQDA AFAP issue or an issue that has been determined unattainable in the past three years.


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What are your questions?

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