What is it? The Army family Action Plan (AFAP) is a program that seeks input for the most significant issues that affect the well-being of Soldiers, Army families, retirees, and DA civilians. These critical issues are solicited directly from Soldiers, family members, retirees, civilians across Army components; provided to leaders, and worked toward resolution. The process begins at the installation or organization level and is reassessed at mid-level conferences prior to vetting at the Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA) level.
What has Army done? The AFAP is unique – the Army is the only military service that has instituted such a program, yet the results benefit all branches -- approximately 60 percent of AFAP issues are applicable across the Department of Defense. To date, AFAP results include 101 legislative changes, 145 Army and OSD policies changed, and 164 changes to programs and services.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Army leadership is engaged in the AFAP program and processes at all levels. The Chief of Staff of the Army, Vice Chief of Staff, Army, Director, Army Staff, Chief, Army Reserve, and the Deputy Director, Installation Management Command, all participate. Soldiers, civilians and family members equate AFAP with Army Leadership caring. Currently, there are 94 active AFAP issues.
Why is this important to the Army? Leaders believe in AFAP – it gives them information on their community’s satisfaction, concerns, and problems and contributes to readiness and retention by having Soldiers and families actively involved in planning for the well-being of the Army. In addition to providing a mechanism that alerts leadership at installation, commands, and headquarters levels to concerns of the force, AFAP monitors the progress of issues through a formal protocol that dictates leadership involvement and approval. It is a powerful tool, giving Soldiers, retirees, DA civilians and families a voice, and leaders, real-time information. To date, AFAP results include 101 legislative changes, 145 Army and OSD policies changed, and 164 changes to programs and services.