Army Family Action Plan
- Army Family Action Plan
The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues, feedback, ideas, and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t, and how you think problems can be resolved. We give Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, Army Civilians, Retirees, Survivors, and Family members a primary tool to help identify issues and concerns and shape your standards of living.
You can submit issues at your garrison’s Army Community Service office or to a unit Family Programs liaison. Army OneSource also facilitates AFAP issues online and makes sure your concerns get the attention they deserve. The information you submit gives Army leadership insight and helps foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community.
AFAP makes a meaningful difference. Since AFAP was created in 1983, over 698 issues have been submitted, resulting in 128 legislative changes, 186 Department of Defense or Army policy changes, and 210 improved programs or services.
Here’s a sample of AFAP results:
- Dedicated Special Needs Space in Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS)
- Distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents
- Annual Leave carryover increase from 60 to 75 days
- Extended educational benefits for Spouses
- Dental and visual insurance coverage for Federal Employees
- Medical Coverage for Activated Reserve Component Families
- Military pay table (targeted pay raises)
- Military Thrift Savings Plan
- TRICARE for Life for eligible Retirees
- Funding for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (B.O.S.S.)
- Active Duty Enlisted Soldier Compassionate Reassignment Stabilization
- SGLI increases
- Minimum standards for Army Child Care
- In-state tuition for Military Dependents
To submit an issue or suggestion, go to your local Army Community Service office or Army OneSource.
- Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of issues are addressed by AFAP?
AFAP issues pertain to numerous subject areas such as medical/dental, childcare, housing, consumer services, employment, force protection- anything that affects military quality of life. Over 60% of the active HQDA AFAP issues impact all branches of military service.
Is AFAP really effective?
Absolutely! Since the implementation of AFAP in 1983, over 650 issues have been addressed at the HQDA level. Some initiatives that have resulted from AFAP include: distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents; SGLI increase to $400,000; paternity leave for military fathers; standardized ID cards for Reservists; and TSP for federal employees- just to name a few.
What experience is required to participate in AFAP, and how can I get involved?
Any community member can participate in the AFAP process- no prior experience is necessary!
There are several ways you can become involved: submit an issue (online or hard copy) for vetting at the annual conference; serve as a delegate at the annual conference representing a specific constituent group (Soldier, Family member, retiree, or civilian employee); or serve as a staff member (facilitator, recorder, transcriber, issue support or room manager) to assist the delegates. Contact your local AFAP program manager for more information.
I submitted a proposal. How do I find out its status?
The status of all issues submitted to Fort Jackson AFAP are located in the Fort Jackson AFAP Issue Update Book (see link below). The book lists issues by the fiscal year in which they were submitted and also by subject area. If you search the issue update book and still cannot locate the issue, contact your local AFAP program manager for assistance.
For more information on the AFAP process, visit Army OneSource.
AFAP: Changing the Army... One Issue at a Time