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Army Community Covenant (ACC)

What is it?
The ACC is designed to develop and foster effective state and community partnerships with the Army in improving the quality of life for Active (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) Soldiers and their Families. The ACC is tailored at the local level, with leaders at both local and state levels participating in covenant signings that started in April 2008. The covenant recognizes the strength of the Army -- Soldiers in both AC and RC, their Families -- and the support of the communities in which they live.

What has the Army done?
As of December 2008, the Army has participated in 80 signing ceremonies (e.g., in state houses, town halls, community centers, baseball diamonds, etc.). A total of 15 governors, 27 members of Congress, 86 state legislators, and 184 mayors have hosted these ceremonies.

Selected initiatives known as ‘best practices’ are featured at the local, state, and national levels. There are 1,537 best practices, with 314 initiated in 2008. The Army Installation Management Command, National Guard Bureau, Army Reserve Ambassadors, and Army Civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army identified and reported best practices to the ACC Task Force. All best practices can be found at www.communitycovenant.army.mil.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army expects to continue with the ACC initiative throughout the United States and its territories. Covenant signing ceremonies are most effective when conducted in the local community; these ceremonies inspire and motivate civilian leadership to foster and develop new practices or to support state legislative efforts such as in-state tuition for Soldiers and Family members, the Interstate Compact on Education opportunities for Military Children, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Why is this important to the Army?
State and local partnerships are critical to maintaining an understanding and appreciation for the contributions made by Soldiers and their Families, while defending the Nation. The ACC recognizes those partnerships and brings enhancements to their quality of life.

 
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