The readiness of The Army is inextricably linked to the well-being
of our people, and Army
Well-Being is the human dimension of our Transformation. Well-Being
responds to the physical, material, mental, and spiritual needs
of all Army people – Soldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans,
and their families. We recognize the fundamental relationship between
Well-Being programs and institutional outcomes such as readiness,
retention, and recruiting. To support mission preparedness as well
as individual aspirations, Well-Being integrates policies, programs,
and human resource issues into a holistic, systematic framework
that provides a path to personal growth and success and gives our
people the opportunity to become self-reliant. We recruit Soldiers,
but we retain families – Well-Being programs help make The
Army the right place to raise a family. And when our families are
cared for, Soldiers can better focus on their mission – training,
fighting, and winning our Nation’s wars, decisively.
Soldiers appreciate the Nation’s devotion to them, and they
are grateful for the country’s recognition of their service
and sacrifices. Recent improvements to the Montgomery
GI Bill, Tricare
for Life, Tricare Reform, Retired Pay Reform, and the 4.1% pay increase
and additional pay increases in 2003, are all important to Soldiers
and their families. These initiatives have helped The Army respond
to the well-being needs of our people. Army voluntary education programs
improve our combat readiness by expanding Soldier skills, knowledge,
and aptitudes to produce confident, competent leaders. Other Well-Being
- Spouse Employment Summit. The Army is developing partnerships
with the private sector to enhance employment opportunities for
Army spouses and provide improved job portability for them.
- Spouse Orientation and Leader Development (SOLD). SOLD connects
Army spouses and enhances their opportunity to serve as valued
leaders who contribute to the readiness and future of The Army
and our Nation.
- Army University Access Online. eArmyU offers Soldiers access
to a variety of on-line, post-secondary programs and related educational
is a comprehensive web-portal widely accessible to Soldiers, including
those in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kuwait.
- In-State Tuition. To level the playing field for access to education
opportunities, The Army is working to encourage states to grant
in-state status for military personnel and families at public
colleges and universities in their Soldier’s state of legal
residence and state of assignment.
- High School Senior Stabilization. This policy enhances predictability
by allowing families to request stabilization at their sponsor’s
current duty location if they have a child who will graduate from
high school during that year.
- Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA). Facilitated by The Army, this agreement among participating
school superintendents is their commitment to partner and improve
high school transitions for DoD children. Currently, over 110
school superintendents have signed the SETS MOA.