A Quick Rundown of Official Military Family Programs

Each branch of the military has many different programs designed to help service members and their families in all aspects of military life.

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Air Force/Space Force

Army

Coast Guard

Marine Corps

Navy

National Guard

Air National Guard


Air Force/Space Force

Airman and Family Readiness Center – The A&FRC offers programs to Airmen, Guardians, and their families. These programs are available to all active duty, retired, reserve, and ANG members and their families.

  • AF Families Forever – Connecting families of fallen Airmen and Guardians to their Air & Space Force families to promote survivor resilience.
  • Crisis Response – Assisting the Air Force community before, during, and after disaster, crisis, and evacuation events.
  • Deployment Support – Providing pre-deployment readiness briefings, deployment education, and support to Airmen, Guardians, and their families through all stages of deployment.
  • Employment Resources – Helping service members, military spouses and dependents, retired members, and Department of Defense civilians achieve short and long term employment.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is an enrollment program for all active duty Airmen and Guardians who have a family member with special needs.
  • Financial Readiness – Providing positive financial foundations at different points of life (marriage, deployment, PCS) for Airmen, Guardians, and their families.
  • Key Spouse Program – Establishing contact with spouses and families and promoting individual, family, and unit preparedness.
  • Personal & Work Life Program (P&WLP) – Educating military members and their families in learning to cope with life events, and increasing their quality of life. Also offers counseling and workshops to strengthen Air and Space Force families.
  • Relocation Assistance – Easing the personal and family stressors associated with a PCS, such as counseling.
  • Transition Assistance – Providing information, tools, and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the transition to civilian life.
  • Voting – Ensuring Airmen, Guardians, and their families have the tools to successfully vote from anywhere in the world.

Army

Army Community Services – The ACS offers programs for Soldiers, civilian employees and families that promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability.

  • Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) – The AFAP is your way to voice quality-of-life issues, feedback, and suggestions to Army leadership, such as paternity leave.
  • Army Family Team Building (AFTB) – Empowering family members to maximize their personal and professional potential through basic Army knowledge and self-development training.
  • Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) – Offering local volunteer opportunities that benefit the Army community.
  • Employment Readiness Program (ERP) – Assisting Soldiers, retirees, civilians and their families in acquiring skills and resources to start working, such as career coaching and job fairs.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is an enrollment program for all Soldiers who have a family member with special needs.
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Helping Soldiers and families with prevention, education, and investigation of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. Also offers counseling and workshops to strengthen Army families.
  • Financial Readiness – Providing positive financial foundations at different points of life (marriage, deployment, PCS) for Soldiers and their families.
  • Mobilization and Deployment – Helping Soldiers and Families navigate the challenges of mobilization and deployment.
  • Relocation Readiness – Easing the personal and family stressors associated with a PCS, such as counseling.
  • Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) – Providing information, tools, and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the transition in and out of duty.
  • Suicide Prevention – Free and confidential help if you or someone you love is thinking about suicide.
  • Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) – Providing families of fallen Soldiers Army resources to promote survivor resilience.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Work-Life – The CGW-L offers programs for Coast Guard members and their families.

  • Suicide Prevention – Free and confidential help if you or someone you love is thinking about suicide.
  • Ombudsman Program – Improving communication between the command and Coast Guard family members.
  • Adoption Reimbursement Program – Subsidizes the adoption of children under 18 years old for active duty and activated Coast Guard Reserve families.
  • Eldercare Services – Providing information and resources to families who are working through issues related to planning and caring for their elderly family members.
  • Family Advocacy – Helping Active Duty, Activated Reserve, Retirees, and their families with prevention, reporting, and investigation of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. Also offers counseling and workshops to strengthen Coast Guard families.
  • Relocation Assistance – Easing the personal and family stressors associated with a PCS, such as offering welcome packages.
  • Scholarship Program – Offering information and resources on financial assistance.
  • School Liaison Program – Providing education support information, and assists parents with locating local points of contact in the schools.
  • Special Needs Program (SNP) – Providing multiple services to families with specials needs, such as housing, community support, and medical services.
  • Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) – Assisting spouses with carrer and employment information.
  • Coast Guard Solutions, Understanding, Prevention, Resilience, and Trust (CG SUPRT) – Program consisting of non-medical counseling, health coaching, and financial and legal assistance.
  • Child Development Services (CDS) – Supporting Coast Guard members and their families through the demands of child care.
  • Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) – Ensuring that necessary financial resources are available to Coast Guard members and their families.
  • Sea Legs – A publication devoted to help support a smooth transition into military life.
  • Spouse’s Club – Providing a support system and creating fellowship among spouses of Coast Guard members.

Marine Corps

Marine Corp Community Services – The MCCS program offers programs for Marines, civilian employees, retirees and families that promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability.

  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is an enrollment program for all active duty Marines who have a family member with special needs.
  • Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (L.I.N.K.S) – Educating about Corps history, local installation resources, services, and benefits, and more.
  • Marine Corps Family Team Building – Reinforcing a state of personal and family readiness by providing education and workshops.
  • Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) – Providing opportunities to not just survive but to thrive while taking on the challenges of the military lifestyle, such as deployment.
  • School Liaison Program (SLP) – Providing education support information, and assists parents with locating local points of contact in the schools.
  • Readiness and Deployment Support – A collection of trainings and briefs to help families cope with each stage of deployment.
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Helping families with prevention, education, and investigation of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. Also offers counseling and workshops, such as the New Parent Support Program.
  • Volunteering – Offering local volunteer opportunities that benefit the Marine Corps community.
  • Casualty Assistance – Providing immediate casualty assistance to Marine Corps families with compassion, dignity and honor.
  • Voting – Ensuring Airmen, Guardians, and their families have the tools to successfully vote from anywhere in the world.
  • Family Member Employment Assistance – Assisting spouses and dependents in acquiring skills and resources to start working, such as career coaching and job fairs.
  • Transition Readiness – Providing training to ensure Marines and their families are prepared for the transition to civilian life.
  • Personal Financial Management – Providing personal financial education, counseling, and training to Marines and their families.
  • Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) – Offering religious retreats and programs for Marines and their families, including personal, relational, and spiritual resources.
  • Military & Family Life Counselors (M&FLC) – Experienced behavioral health professionals who work with Marines and their families to address deployment, return and reunion issues, as well as other stressors that impact a Marine’s daily life.
  • Information, Referral, and Relocation – Connecting individuals to military, Department of Defense, and community resources.

Fleet and Family Support Program – The FFSP support individual and family readiness through a full array of programs and resources.

  • Deployment Readiness Support – Offering a variety of deployment support programs to assist commands, sailors and their families.
  • Individual Augmentees Support Program (IA) – Supporting family members of Individual Augmentees through the process.
  • Ombudsman Program – Improving communication between the command and Navy family members.
  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – Providing information, tools, and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the transition to civilian life.
  • Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) – Easing the personal and family stressors associated with a PCS, such as counseling and resources.
  • Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) – Assisting spouses and dependents in acquiring skills and resources to start working, such as career coaching and resume building.
  • Personal Financial Management (PFM) – Offering information, education, and training, as well as financial counseling, to address the financial education needs of Sailors and their families.
  • Emergency Response – Assisting the Navy community before, during, and after disaster, crisis, and evacuation events.
  • Live Well Resiliency Webinars – Webinars providing tips, tools and resources to support the Navy lifestyle.
  • Life Skills – Workshops about self-discovery, exploring new ways to think, interact and problem-solve.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is an enrollment program for all active duty Sailors who have a family member with special needs.
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Helping families with prevention, education, and investigation of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. Also offers counseling and workshops, such as the New Parent Support Program.
  • Clinical Counseling – Offering confidential counseling by professional, licensed clinicians. Clinical counseling services are free of charge to active duty personnel and family members.
  • Navy Gold Star Program (NGSP) – Providing support to surviving family members of Sailors who died while on active duty.

National Guard

  • National Guard Family Program: Supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is an enrollment program for all service members who have a family member with special needs.
  • Children and Youth Services (CYS) – Sustaining the quality of life and resilience of Guard children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.
  • Psychological Health Program – Providing National Guard-specific programs that support mental and psychological health.
  • Financial Management Awareness Program – Providing awareness of financial management resources available to National Guard members and families.
  • Employment Support Program – Providing employment opportunities and options to service members and their families.
  • Strong Bonds – Providing offsite family and marriage retreats to strengthen relationships and help families manage the pressures of deployments and reintegration.
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Helping Soldiers and families with prevention, education, and investigation of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. Also offers counseling and workshops to strengthen Army families.
  • Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program – Connecting Guard and Reserve family members with resources throughout the deployment cycle.

Air National Guard


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