Month of the Military Child

Monday, April 4, 2016

What is it?

Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to acknowledge the personal sacrifice and important contributions of military children. The U.S. Army appreciates the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of the military children and recognizes their role in strong Army Families. The strength of the nation is built on the readiness and resilience of every member of the premier all-volunteer Army including the military children and youth.

In 1986, the Department of Defense designated April as Month of the Military Child. This year marks the observance's 30th anniversary.

What has the Army done?

The Army is fully committed to helping Families remain strong by offering a variety of programs and services through U.S. Army Installation Management Command. This year's theme, Their Journeys and Adventures, captures the Army's story through the eyes of military children. Throughout the month of April, Army organizations will provide a variety of fun and exciting events such as family fun nights, parades, festivals, and special luncheons, to officially recognize the Army children.

Special events for MOMC 2016 include the Young Lives, Big Stories contest, where military children are invited to share their experiences and win prizes, and Operation Megaphone, a worldwide lock-in for military teens on April 29-30, 2016.

MOMC activities differ across the Army, but all share the same goal: to celebrate and recognize Army children.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

As the nation and Army prepare for the future, the Army will continue to anticipate the evolving needs of Soldiers and Families. The Army will continue to refine Child, Youth and School Services to meet changing needs to ensure healthy, ready, and self-reliant Soldiers and Families.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army remains committed to honoring the service and sacrifices of those who serve the Nation, including Army Families. MOMC is an opportunity to recognize, applaud, and celebrate the resilience of Army children and youth and their role in ensuring a ready force now and into the future.

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Events

April 2016

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month: Visit SHARP (#SHARP)

Volunteer Appreciation Month (#Volunteer)

Month of the Military Child: Visit Army Families (#MOMC #MilitaryFamilies)

April 5: Gold Star Spouse's Day (#GoldStar #Spouses #GoldStarPins)

April 23: Earth Day (#EarthDay)

April 23: Army Reserve's 108th Birthday (Tag www.facebook.com/USArmyReserve and @USArmyReserve on Twitter)

(Note: Recommended hashtags for social media promotion provided in parenthesis.)

Focus Quote for the Day

2016 marks the 30th year that we celebrate the Month of the Military Child; we hereby join the nation in recognizing the important contributions and sacrifices our military children make as we honor them throughout the month of April.

- Army Senior Leaders message

Read the complete tri-signed letter: Month of the Military Child Proclamation

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