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The 2003 United States Army Posture Statement

The readiness of The Army is inextricably linked to the well-being of our people, and Army Well-Being is the human dimension of our Transformation. Well-Being responds to the physical, material, mental, and spiritual needs of all Army people – Soldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans, and their families. We recognize the fundamental relationship between Well-Being programs and institutional outcomes such as readiness, retention, and recruiting. To support mission preparedness as well as individual aspirations, Well-Being integrates policies, programs, and human resource issues into a holistic, systematic framework that provides a path to personal growth and success and gives our people the opportunity to become self-reliant. We recruit Soldiers, but we retain families – Well-Being programs help make The Army the right place to raise a family. And when our families are cared for, Soldiers can better focus on their mission – training, fighting, and winning our Nation’s wars, decisively.
Returning from deployment, Ansbach, Germany
Returning from deployment
Ansbach, Germany
Soldiers appreciate the Nation’s devotion to them, and they are grateful for the country’s recognition of their service and sacrifices. Recent improvements to the Montgomery GI Bill, Tricare for Life, Tricare Reform, Retired Pay Reform, and the 4.1% pay increase and additional pay increases in 2003, are all important to Soldiers and their families. These initiatives have helped The Army respond to the well-being needs of our people. Army voluntary education programs improve our combat readiness by expanding Soldier skills, knowledge, and aptitudes to produce confident, competent leaders. Other Well-Being initiatives include:

  • Spouse Employment Summit. The Army is developing partnerships with the private sector to enhance employment opportunities for Army spouses and provide improved job portability for them.

  • Spouse Orientation and Leader Development (SOLD). SOLD connects Army spouses and enhances their opportunity to serve as valued leaders who contribute to the readiness and future of The Army and our Nation.

  • Army University Access Online. eArmyU offers Soldiers access to a variety of on-line, post-secondary programs and related educational services. is a comprehensive web-portal widely accessible to Soldiers, including those in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kuwait.

  • In-State Tuition. To level the playing field for access to education opportunities, The Army is working to encourage states to grant in-state status for military personnel and families at public colleges and universities in their Soldier’s state of legal residence and state of assignment.

  • High School Senior Stabilization. This policy enhances predictability by allowing families to request stabilization at their sponsor’s current duty location if they have a child who will graduate from high school during that year.

  • Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Facilitated by The Army, this agreement among participating school superintendents is their commitment to partner and improve high school transitions for DoD children. Currently, over 110 school superintendents have signed the SETS MOA.


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