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Army Community Service (ACS) Family Programs

What is it?
The ACS and Reserve Component Family Programs include a network of integrated support services that directly impact Soldier readiness, retention, and adaptability to military life.

What has the Army done?
The most significant Family challenges are meeting needs relating to deployment, improving the Army’s response to Family distress, and supporting relocation issues such as spouse employment.  Army Family Programs support mobilization, deployment, and demobilization; family advocacy (child abuse and domestic violence); exceptional family member advocacy and education; relocation assistance; financial counseling and education; volunteer management; wounded Warriors and survivors of our Fallen; Army Family Team Building; and the Army Family Action Plan.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Emphasis is on prevention, education, and training. The goal is to increase spouse self-reliance and satisfaction with military life and positively influence Soldier readiness and retention. The Army’s accreditation program ensures that ACS centers possess and maintain the level of quality performance specified in the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) standards..

Why is this important to the Army?
Today’s Army is dedicated to the highest possible quality of life for its Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians. The 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 military life. The ACS Family Programs increase the strength of our Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians, and provide a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service.

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