Army Child and Youth School Transition Services

What is it?  Army Child and Youth School Transition Services consists of a variety of programs and initiatives that provide strategies and resources for garrisons, school districts, parents/guardians to face the changes associated with transitioning from one school to another in support of the Army’s mission. 

What has the Army done? The Army School Transition Plan is designed to develop and implement strategies that prepare Army families for successful transition of more than 45,000 military connected students in the United States and school systems that support families of Soldiers deployed outside the United States. This support is key to improving quality of life of the mobile and rapidly changing Army of today.  An infrastructure has been built to support school transitions since 1998 consisting of:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?  The STS plan was updated and distributed to Army instillations in December 2006.  The plan includes six key components:

Why is this important to the Army?  The Army must ensure that its families are prepared for successful transitions from one location to another in support of the mobile and transforming Army.  The School Transition Plan is designed to develop and implement school transition strategies that will assist the transition of more than 55,000 military-connected students in the Continental United States and outside the Continental United States school systems in to new locations. Better transitions mean a smoother move and settling in for the family, which in turn supports their stability and security.  The Soldier, therefore, can concentrate upon the unit’s mission.  

Websites: http://www.militarychild.org, http://www.militarystudent.org, http://www.dodea.edu, http://www.militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org.