The Army National Guard values the support and contributions of our Families across the country. Family Programs not only benefit service members and their Families, but also have a positive impact on a unit's morale and readiness.
As a strategic partner with the States, we develop and deliver innovative human resource programs and services designed to support the mission of the Soldier and his/her Family.
Our purpose is to improve the quality of life of Soldiers and their Families in the Army National Guard by providing responsive, efficient and high quality support services that promote self-sufficiency, well-being and prosperity of individuals, Families, businesses and communities.
More information about the Army National Guard Soldier and Family Programs can be found by reading the lastest FOUNDATIONS magazine available in .pdf form via the links to the right.
- Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP)
National Guard members and their Families face their own set of challenges, from organizing life around training weekends, to dealing with deployment issues. The Army Spouse Employment Program (ASEP) is a great opportunity to attain financial security or to achieve employment. Army Spouses are probably the most diverse in the world, with a variety of educational experience making a talented, global, diverse workforce.
- Family Assistance Centers (FAC)
Family Assistance Centers provide a variety of referral based services to geographically-dispersed families and retirees from all military components. Services include, but are not limited to, ID cards and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) enrollment, TRICARE and military medical benefits education, emergency financial services, legal information & referral, crisis intervention and referral, and community information and referral. FACs can be located by going to the National Guard Family Program site and choosing your state and city.
- Strong Bonds
This program empower soldiers and families with relationship-building skills, and connects them to community health and support resources. The program, led by Army Chaplains, is holistic, and preventative, and committed to the restoration, and preservation of Army families, especially those near crisis. As members of the world’s premier fighting force, Army Soldiers sacrifice for our country every day, and so do their loved ones. Military life places extreme hardship on relationships, especially in wartime, so the Army – backed by Congress - has committed unprecedented resources to help Soldiers build stronger relationships through the Strong Bonds Program. Strong Bonds has specialized programs for single Soldiers, couples and Families. Those Soldiers being deployed or redeployed can also learn special coping tactics. With Strong Bonds, participants not only bond with their loved ones they bond with other Army families, chaplains and the Army community as a whole.
- Army Family Team Building (AFTB)
AFTB is an educational program for the Army Families, Soldiers, Civilians, Retirees and other who wish to learn more about military life. AFTB promotes practical life management skills and independence, improves knowledge of the military and enhances Family Readiness. AFTB classes cover a broad spectrum of topics from basic information about the Army to the development of skills for personal and professional growth.
- Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)
The Army Family Action Plan (AFTB) is the Army’s primary tool to communicate to leader’s issues of importance to Soldiers, Retirees, Family members and DoD civilians. It is the people’s perspective of adjustments and improvements that will increase recruitment, retention, and work-life satisfaction. AFTB is a way to address the demands of Army life by identifying quality of life “hot spots” as the Army moves forward.