Understanding the Air Force’s Key Spouse Program

Understanding the Air Force’s Key Spouse Program

Here is your basic guide to the Air Force Key Spouse program! Read what it is, how to find your Key Spouse, how to become one yourself, and more.

What is the Key Spouse Program?

The Key Spouse program is an Air Force program designed to promote readiness, create a community for AF spouses and families, and provide a direct line of communication between AF families and unit leadership.

What do they do?

The Key Spouse (KS) and Key Spouse Mentor (KSM) work directly with the Unit Commander (CC). The KS/KSM are the official representative of the CC, and provide a direct line of communication back to the CC.

The KS/KSM advocate for the needs of the unit families. They are most often known for communicating information and providing support to families and spouses during deployments. (This is all done while maintaining OPSEC by communicating directly with spouses.)

They can also organize morale events for spouses, service members, and families to boost community connections and unity within the unit or squadron.

The KS and KSM are in a unique position to know exactly what families and spouses need. They are Air Force spouses too!

The KS/KSM positions are filled by a volunteer that can meet the requirements for their respective titles.

How do I find my Key Spouse?

There are a few ways to go about finding your KS/KSM. All you need to know is your base location and the squadron number.

Go to the website for your current base station. You can use the search bar and type in “Key Spouse”, or try “Force Support Squadron”. The Force Support Squadron is a squadron designed to better the quality of life for service members and their families.

Another search term you can use is “A&FRC” which stands for Airmen & Family Readiness Center, which will have all of the information you need to get connected with your KS.

You can also try searching for a Facebook group created by the KS/KSM for your squadron/unit.

Who can be a Key Spouse?

When being considered as a unit KS, there are four main requirements.

One, you must be the spouse of a service member who is in the specific unit you are volunteering in.

Two, you must complete the initial KS training, as well as refresher courses and yearly trainings as needed.

Three, have a positive attitude towards military life, and an empathetic and supportive attitude towards other military spouses.

Four, have an understanding of, and willingness to commit to, privacy and confidentiality guidelines.

Who can be a Key Spouse Mentor?

Usually, the KSM is the Unit Commander’s spouse. However, this is not a requirement!

The four main requirements are as follows:

One, have an extensive knowledge of the AF units, agencies, and leadership.

Two, willingness to support new and experienced spouses.

Three, complete the initial KS training AND KSM training, as well as refresher courses and yearly trainings as needed.

Four, have an understanding of, and willingness to commit to, privacy and confidentiality guidelines.

The main difference between a KS and a KSM? The KSM has more knowledge of, and experience with, the military spouse lifestyle.

How do I become a KS/KSM?

Are you interested in becoming a Key Spouse?

You will need to complete a 6 hour initial training. Then, you can submit your name to the CC for consideration.

Follow this link to read all about how to become a KS/KSM!


Did you learn something new? Have you had the chance to connect with your KS yet? Let me know in the comments!

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