Army Community Services
What is it?
Army Community Services (ACS) is the Commander’s primary readiness resource. The ACS staff provides comprehensive services that support the readiness of Soldiers, Civilian employees, and their Families, including the adaptation of available services to the unique needs of each installation.
What has the Army done?
The Army is committed to providing a full range of essential services to Soldiers and their Families to ensure resiliency, establish Family preparedness, improve readiness, and support recruitment and retention. Family readiness support reduces Family tension by training and properly preparing Soldiers and Families for deployments and separations.
ACS and Reserve Component Family Programs support the expeditionary force by promoting resiliency and satisfaction with military life through prevention, education, and training, which aid Soldier retention, readiness, morale, and Family preparedness. The core Family programs include Financial Readiness, Emergency Assistance, Exceptional Family Member, Employment Readiness, Family Advocacy, Emergency Placement Care, Information and Referral, Outreach, Deployment/Mobilization, Army Family Team Building, and the Army Family Action Plan. Family program support also includes services for Family Readiness Groups, Army Emergency Relief (AER), transition assistance, and installation volunteer support.
Family Readiness Programs are the principal readiness support agencies for Family members and Commanders. They facilitate meeting the unit’s Family readiness mission by training Family Readiness Group leaders and rear detachment Commanders.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army has fully funded ACS with a view to stabilizing and standardizing Family support. Initiatives such as the Army Spouse Employment Program will support spouses with employment and career opportunities, while Families who are geographically dispersed will have better communication and support via the virtual Family Readiness Groups. Partnerships with local Better Business Bureaus will build links to the communities to support Families during longer stays at duty stations.
Why is this important to the Army?
Today’s Army is dedicated to the highest possible quality of life for its Soldiers, Families, and Civilian workforce. ACS programs support the Army’s readiness and retention by ensuring that Soldiers and their Families are better able to cope with the demands of life.
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