New Army Spouses Initiative
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Our culture today seems to look at Soldiers seeking mental health (treatment) as a sign of weakness. What I'd like feedback on from the field is how we move our culture away from this stigma to a recognition that mental health has to be fostered the same way we foster physical fitness."
-Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, discussing suicide prevention and ways to deal with the growing problem
Vice chief visits six posts to address suicide prevention
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"NCOs are a reflection of their Soldiers. It is all about shaping young men and women to train for combat, be leaders in their communities and strong, positive influences in their family life. If Soldiers do all those things, then the NCOs have done their job."
- Staff Sgt. Malcolm John Fleming, a military policeman for U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, Netherlands, now deployed to Iraq
Tradition, mission link NCO, K9
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Army Congressional Fellowship Program (AC)
- New Dover policy begins April 6th (BF)
- Pro Sports MVP Wrestlers Diva's visit troops in Afghanistan (WOT)
- Miracle on the mountainside (SM)
- Georgia Tech announces new PhD for returning GIs (MM)
- I want one (TS)
New Army Spouses Initiative
What is it?
Recognizing the need for immediate outreach and education to new Army spouses during wartime, Army Accessions Command (USAAC) began to develop new resources to educate these men and women. Products produced by Accessions command alert spouses to a variety of benefits and specific programs available from USAAC's subordinate units, Recruiting and Cadet commands, enabling new spouses to become self reliant and sufficient as soon as possible.
What has the Army done?
A booklet and DVD have been sent to each Army Recruiting and ROTC unit for distribution to new arrivals. The New Spouse Orientation DVD provides details about administrative processes (ID card, Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) TRICARE ), medical services, and how to use family support and community programs. With programmed segments, viewers can easily skip over information that does not apply to them and review other segments over again easily. Included with the DVD is a CD that directs the spouse to the relevant program websites.
The "Welcome to the Army Family" booklet is a more traditional information source that will be regularly updated. Meant to be consulted more quickly than sitting down at the television, the booklet goes into more detail about the Army's support system: TRICARE, housing,
child care and youth services, legal services, Army Emergency Relief, the Exceptional Family Member Program and more.
Why is this important to the Army?
Although optempo continues to improve, it is still possible for a Soldier to deploy within the first six months after reporting to a first duty station. It is imperative to keep new spouses informed and to give new Soldiers piece of mind that their spouses are integrated into the Army family. The goal for these information products is for new spouses to feel empowered to walk into any Army agency, to know what is offered and services to which they are entitled to, and to use these benefits wisely.
U.S. Army Accessions Command Web site
TRICARE Web site
Exceptional Family Member Program document
DEERS Web site
SGLI Page (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
Army Emergency Relief Web site
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Casey: Longer home stays are possible (AT)
- Army family conference reveals top five 2009 issues (ARMY.MIL)
- North Dakota adjutant general gets 'blogged' down in flood response (ARMY.MIL)
- Oldest WWII vet embodies spirit of 'Year of the NCO' (ARMY.MIL)
- 'Military Saves' encourages Soldiers to build nest egg (ARMY.MIL)
- The dark side of recruiting (TIME)
- Petraeus says Afghan force assessed 'as we go along' (BB)
- See related article under the World View section: NATO allies wary of U.S. Afghan plan (AJC)
- U.S. general seeks help in Afghan war (USA)
- NATO meeting to highlight strains on Afghanistan (NYT)
- Splintered Taliban thwarts Afghan peace (WP)
- Casualties caused by IEDs in Afghanistan on the rise (USA)
- NATO summit: Europe resists U.S. pressure on Afghanistan 'surge' (GRD)
- NATO 'must do more to reduce Afghan civilian casualties' (LDT)
- Public will be alerted quickly after launch (JT)
- Iran risks sanctions if diplomacy fails: U.S. envoys (AA)
- Opinion: Karzai is an inconvenient ally that we have to live with — for now (TO)
- Fallujah: Every Soldier's urban combat hell (TO)
- Russia to unveil spaceship plans (BBC)
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