“Our Army is not going to break because of our Soldiers…but it might break because of the stress we’re placing on their families.”
Lieutenant Gen. Rick Lynch
Installation Management Command
Lieutenant Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, said, “To be successful as a military we need four things: a Soldier, that Soldier’s Family, the Soldier’s employer, and a supportive community.”
I couldn’t agree with him more and the Army Family Covenant covers all four.
“Never before in the history of our Army have we asked so much of our Families,” said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army. “They are serving side-by-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships, providing the unconditional love and support that truly make our Army strong.”
The Covenant is built upon five core commitments from Army leadership to:
- Standardize and fund Family programs and services.
- Increase accessibility and quality of health care.
- Improve Soldier and Family housing.
- Ensure excellence in child, youth and school services.
- Expand education and employment opportunities for Family members.
Read the rest of this story, “Army Family Covenant – Enabling Army Families to Reach Their Full Potential“, by Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones.