Anniversary of the Army Family Covenant

Friday October 3, 2008

What is it?

The Army Family Covenant communicates the Army's commitment to provide Soldiers and families a quality of life commensurate with their service. It was introduced last year by Army leadership at the Association of the United States Army convention in Washington, D.C.

The Army Family Covenant -
We recognize:
- The commitment and increasing sacrifices that our families are making every day.
- The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their f amilies.

We are committed to:
- Providing Soldiers and families a quality of life that is commensurate with their service.
- Providing our families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.
- Building a partnership with Army Families that enhances their strength and resilience.

We are committed to improving family readiness by:
- Standardizing and funding existing family programs and services
- Increasing accessibility and quality of health care
- Improving Soldier and family housing
- Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services and child care
- Expanding education and employment opportunities for family members

What has the Army done?

The Army committed $1.4 billion this fiscal year to improving quality of life for Army families. New programs, activities and support have come to family programs and services; health care; Soldier and family housing; schools, youth services and childcare; education, libraries and careers; and recreation and travel.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

There will be an "Army Family Covenant: A Year in Review" forum Oct. 6 at the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. During this Military Family Forum, the chief of staff of the Army will provide an update on the accomplishments and improvements made for Army Soldiers and their families over the past year.

Resources

Army Family Covenant signings

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

Cooperative Spirit 08

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Illinois Guard ready for mission (SLP)
  • Rate of sexual assault in Army prompts an effort at prevention (WSJ)
  • Soldier medics re-enlist in nation's capital (AFIS)
  • Recruiting bonuses grow by 25 percent (AT)
  • Report: Army making toxic mess in war zones (AT)
  • Ward discusses U.S. Africa Command's goals (AFIS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. to fund pro-American publicity in Iraqi media (WP)
  • Attacks belie steps on reconciliation (WP)
  • An uncertain future for The Sons Of Iraq (CSM)
  • Iraqis start to take control of 'Sons of Iraq' (S&S)
  • Confronting Taliban, Pakistan finds itself at war (NYT)
  • In Afghanistan, waging battles of attrition (S&S)

OF INTEREST

  • Soldiers abroad must now worry about the home front (NJ)
  • Wounded troops back in training (WT)
  • Recently wounded vets sail toward new recognition of capabilities (AFIS)
  • Pirates reap millions in hijackings off Somalia's coast (AJC)
  • Recruitment costs rise 25% for Army, Marines (BG)

WORLD VIEW

  • Pakistan demands U.S. nuclear deal (BBC | Story)
  • Basic facts about Indo-U.S. nuclear deal (TOI | Story)
  • Russia to build eight nuclear submarines (LDT | Story)
  • As bombs fall silent, an Iraqi city rebuilds (IHT | Story)
  • Audio: Russians in Georgia: 'There are no signs at the moment that they intend to leave (GRD | Story)
  • Putin warns Ukraine over arms (BBC | Story)
  • Related article under Interest: Euro taskforce declares war on Somali pirates (TO | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Bloggers Round Table complete (TD)
  • The truth about the Army's Homeland "deployments" (SP)
  • Military spouses and careers (SM)
  • A new job and a new patch (BW)
  • Assessing al-Qaeda's status (STRATFOR) (ROFASIX)
  • A tribute: Wednesday hero (RWM)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Army Guard adds to NASCAR racing stable

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Events

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2008: National Hispanic Heritage Month

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Dress Code for AUSA Annual Meeting, Oct. 6-8, 2008

The chief of staff of the Army has directed that the duty uniform for military personnel attending the annual meeting during the day is ACUs, and Army Greens for evening events. The uniform for Wednesday's Marshall Memorial Dinner is either Army Mess Dress or Army Blues with bow tie.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's a real tangible way for Army leadership to acknowledge the contributions Families make ... we in Child and Youth Services have always known that military spouses and military children serve, too. It's great to see leadership backing that up with money and programs, because it's really all about supporting families."

- Kristina Davis, U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Child and Youth Services program operations specialist

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