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Army Volunteer Programs

What is it?
Army Volunteer Programs provide Families with an opportunity to volunteer their time to a range of activities and services to support the Army community. The key components of success in the Army Volunteer Programs are the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator (AVCC), the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP), and Army Family Team Building (AFTB).

What has the Army done?
The AVCC recruits, tracks, and places volunteers in organizations and agencies on Army installations. The Volunteer Management Information System, an online system to recruit volunteers and maintain personnel records of volunteers, is easy to use and enables volunteers to find worldwide opportunities. This simplifies reporting requirements for program managers.

The AFAP provides a “grassroots” mechanism to raise well-being issues of concern to senior leaders and establishes a protocol to work the issues through resolution. Issues historically reflect the concerns arising from changes that have a direct effect on the Families of Soldiers. The issues result in changes to legislation, Department of Army and Defense policies, and improved programs and services. This year marks AFAP’s 25th Anniversary

The AFTB builds stronger, more resilient Families by providing education and readiness training that is targeted at Family members at every level, to include spouses of junior enlisted Soldiers who are new to the Army. The demand for classes increases during deployment and times of crisis when Families need current information and strengthened coping skills.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to encourage and support volunteer programs to provide Family members an opportunity to be involved in their Army community. Training materials are updated to accurately reflect the needs of today’s Army Families and the impact of deployments on Army Families.

Why is this important to the Army?
A Soldier’s Family is his or her first priority and, therefore, is a vital factor in the overall readiness of that Soldier. Family members who volunteer or know how to access Army services and programs become more confident and better equipped to manage the stresses of deployment and separation. Soldiers who are confident that their Families are taken care of can focus on the mission at hand and are motivated to remain in the Army.

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