Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors
What is it?
The Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors is a strategic forum. It combines the former Installation Management Board of Directors and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Board of Directors to improve and sustain Soldier and Family readiness.
What has the Army done?
The Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors demonstrates the Army leadership’s dedication to improving the readiness and welfare of Soldiers and Families. The purpose is to efficiently integrate areas of interest that impact Soldier and Family readiness. The primary deliverable is the Army Family Covenant. Co-chaired by the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff, members of the Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors will be selected Assistant Secretaries of the Army, Commanding Generals, and Department of the Army Staff. Advisors will be certain other members of the Army Staff but will vary as indicated by the meeting agenda and the executive secretary.
The Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors will focus on specific issues that improve Family readiness:
- Standardizing and funding existing Family programs and services
- Increasing accessibility and quality of health care
- Improving Soldier and Family housing
- Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care
- Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors will meet twice annually, once in the fall in the National Capitol Region to coincide with the normal four-star conference, and once at another Army installation away from the National Capitol Region sometime in the spring. The first meeting of the Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors will be determined by the Army Chief of Staff, and is expected to occur in the first half of 2008.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Soldier and Family Readiness Board of Directors provides the Army leadership with a strategic forum through which to guide the fulfillment of the Army Family Covenant and to maintain Soldier and Family readiness in a time of persistent conflict.