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Army Family Action Plan

What is it? 
The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a program that seeks input for the most significant issues that affect the quality of life of Soldiers, Army Families, retirees, and DA Civilians. For 25 years, delegates from the Army’s active, National Guard and Reserve components have gathered to review critical quality of life issues. These issues are solicited directly from Soldiers, Family members, retirees, civilians across Army components; provided to leaders, and worked toward resolution. The AFAP process starts at the installation or organization level and is reassessed at mid-level conferences prior to vetting at the Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA) level. The Army is the only military service that has instituted such a program.

What has Army done? 
To date, AFAP results include 102 legislative changes, 152 Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy changes, and 168 changes to programs and services. Approximately 61 percent of AFAP issues are applicable across the Department of Defense. Ninety percent of AFAP issues are worked at local levels to improve local Army communities.

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 Commander, Installation Management Command, all participate. Soldiers, Family members, and civilians equate AFAP with Army Leadership caring. Currently, there are 88 active AFAP issues.

Why is this important to the Army? 
Leadership believes in AFAP. It provides them with real-time information on their community’s satisfaction, concerns and challenges. AFAP contributes to readiness and retention by having Soldiers and Families actively involved in planning for the quality of life 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. For Soldiers, Families, retirees, and DA Civilians, AFAP is the “voice” in the Army’s future.

Web site: Click on “Getting Involved” section.