Army Family Covenant

Thursday October 25, 2007

What is it? The Army Family Covenant represents the Army's commitment to providing Soldiers and Families a Quality of Life commensurate with their voluntary service and daily sacrifices. It is backed by the Army Soldier-Family Action Plan which codifies the means by which the Army will fulfill the Army Family Covenant. The Covenant recognizes that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families.

What has the Army done? The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sergeant Major of the Army introduced and spoke to the Army Family Covenant at the 2007 AUSA Convention. A formal signing of the Covenant by these senior and local leaders took place 17 October 2007, on Fort Knox, Ky. Information and follow-on interviews were provided to a variety of news media.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Senior mission commanders, command sergeants major, garrison commanders, and garrison command sergeants major at U.S. Army installations worldwide will conduct similar Covenant signings throughout November. Posters, handouts, video presentations, and internal news products will be made available in support of this effort. The Secretary of the Army will conduct several special signings, including those at Fort Campbell, Ky., on 7 November, Fort Bliss, Texas, on 7 December, and at the Army War College, Pa., on 19 December.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army Family Covenant combined with signing ceremonies and related efforts are tangible demonstrations of the Army's commitment to improving the Quality of Life for Soldiers and Families commensurate with the quality of their selfless service, thus strengthening America's Army, the strength of the nation.

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