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Military Family Life Consultants (MFLCs) Program

What is it?
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) recognized an emerging need to provide informal support to Soldiers and Families to augment the resident counseling services at installations. The MFLCs work directly with Army Community Service, Guard Headquarters, and Reserve Regional Commands to provide deployment and reintegration support to Soldiers and their Families. Consultants may be requested with specialized skills (e.g., financial, child and youth needs) to respond to installation and the Reserve Components needs. The goal is to prevent Family distress by providing education and information on Family dynamics, parent education, available support services, and the effects of stress and positive coping mechanisms.

What has the Army done?
The tremendous success of the program in Europe and in the United States resulted in an expansion of the program on both existing and new installations. In FY08, 10 additional MFLCs were placed at Continental United States (CONUS) locations and 6 were placed at outside the continental United States (OCONUS) locations. Of the 6 MFLCs placed at OCONUS locations, 5 MFLCs were assigned to support installations in Korea.

In FY09, another 9 MFLCs will be placed at CONUS locations and 1 additional MFLC will be placed at an OCONUS location. In total, 180 MFLCs will be assigned to locations worldwide and will be available to support Service members and their Families. In addition, the Army obtained approval for 16 MFLCs to provide services and support to the United States Army Recruiting Command.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to work with OSD and the installations to meet the surge requirements based on the Army Force Generation process and the specific needs of installations. Currently, 15 MFLCs and 2 personal financial counselor positions have been added to support each deploying/returning brigade. This number will be adjusted depending on the unique circumstances and requests from the senior mission commander.

Why is this important to the Army?
The flexibility of the program allows for the Army to deploy and redeploy MFLCs where and when needed. Individuals may be requested with specific skills to respond to an installation's specific needs. This program provides the necessary augmentation of existing services, while also providing a 'surge' capability, to meet the needs of deploying and redeploying units.

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