What is it? Providing for the well-being of the Army Family is a fundamental leadership obligation. Army Well-Being holistically integrates and continuously assesses services and programs which provide for the needs of its people and supports senior leaders in determining priorities in support of their Joint Warfighting human capabilities requirement. Army Well-Being directly links to the relevance and readiness of our Army, focused on the support of the Army Family (Soldiers [active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve] Department of the Army Civilians, Veterans, Retirees and Families) before, during, and after deployment.
What has Army done? In 2005 the Army continued to identify, assess, and evaluate the way the Army supports Well-Being and quality of life for our Soldiers, Civilians and their families. The Army placed special emphasis on programs and services that support the needs of U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers and their families. This emphasis is commensurate with the expanding contribution of those components to the overall Army mission and represents a needed paradigm shift from installation based to community centric support systems. Additionally, the Army expanded support for our severely wounded Soldiers and their families through the Army Wounded Warrior Program. The Deployment Cycle Support Initiative and the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program directly support Soldiers and families before, during and after deployment in the Global War on Terrorism. Major enhancements to TRICARE and the infusion of combat stress teams into the Army culture helped to ensure the enhanced well-being of the force.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will focus effort on current people programs and support services with emphasis on the changing environment brought about by the Global War on Terrorism, Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy, Transformation, Base Realignment and Closure, and deployment support operations.
Why is this important to the Army? The Well-Being of our Soldiers is the key to shaping a Campaign Quality Force with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities for today and tomorrow. Army Well-Being targets the enhancement of our peoples' mental, physical, spiritual and material preparedness. Through focused people programs, services and initiatives, the Army is providing the opportunity for members of the Total Army Family to achieve their individual goals while enhancing our collective preparedness to perform and support the Army's mission.