Army Family Action Plan

Fostering Satisfied, Informed, and Resilient Army Communities

Army Family Action Plan on U.S. Army MWR

The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (the G9 Division of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, known as Army MWR) manages programs and services that support readiness and resilience for Soldiers and Families. Its work enhances the lives of Soldiers, Families, Reservists, National Guard members, DoD Civilians, Retirees and the entire U.S. Army community.  Family and MWR Programs are delivered primarily through a local garrison or installation. To learn more about the resources available at your local garrison, visit the Army MWR website.

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 powerful tool to help identify issues and concerns and shape your standard of living. You can submit issues at your local ACS; the information you submit gives Army leadership insight and helps foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army community.  Since 1983, over 700 issues have been raised at the Department of the Army level – and those have resulted in over 500 improvements for Soldiers, Families, and Army communities.  Here are just a few of the enhancements that came from AFAP issues submitted by people like you:  Pay and Leave
  • Soldier paternity leave
  • Annual leave carryover increase from 60 to 75 days
  • Military pay table changes, including targeted pay raises
  • Military Thrift Savings Plan
Educational Benefits
  • Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008
  • Distributed Soldier Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents
  • Extended educational benefits for spouses
  • In-state tuition for military dependents
Child Care
  • Dedicated special needs space in Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS)
  • Audio/video surveillance in child care centers
  • Minimum standards for Army child care
  • Chiropractic treatment for Active Duty Soldiers
  • Exceptional Family Member Program enrollment eligibility for Reserve Component Soldiers
  • Dental and visual insurance coverage for federal employees
  • Medical coverage for activated Reserve Component Families 
Single Soldiers
  • Funding for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)
  • Standardized barracks security measures
Spouse Employment
  • Spouse professional weight allowance for PCS moves
  • Family member employment in the Civil Service System
  Submit an issue or suggestion at your local ACS office or through the ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Issue Management System (IMS). The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Issue Management System (IMS) allows registered and unregistered users to submit online issues regarding their communities or other aspects of Army life. Issues are reviewed and managed by AFAP staff, and IMS can be used to track the status of your issue and view others that are currently under review.

AFAP: Frequently Asked Questions

A1: Quality of life issues that are important to Soldiers, Family members, Army Civilians, Survivors, and Retirees.The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is the community’s platform to voice quality-of-life issues, feedback, ideas, and suggestions. It's the best way to let Army Senior Leadership know what quality of life issues matter to the total Army Family and the impact if they are not addressed.  
A2: AFAP issues can be submitted through the local ACS office or the online Army Family Web Portal Issue Management System. 
A3: Since 1983, 744 issues elevated to HQDA have resulted in: 129 Legislative Changes Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008
  • Distributed Soldier Montgomery GI Bill benefits to Dependents (Issue 497)
National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA)
  • Paternity leave (Issue 578)
  • Chiropractic treatment for AD Soldiers (Issue 468)
  • Spouse professional weight allowance (Issue 531)
197 Policy Changes
  • Family Member Employment in the Civil Service System (Issue 38)
  • Convicted Sex Offender Registry (Issue 596)
  • Exceptional Family Member Program Enrollment Eligibility for Reserve Component Soldiers (Issue 650)
216 Improved Programs and Services
  • Audio/Video Surveillance in Childcare Centers (Issue 447)
  • Standard Level of Security Measures in Barracks (Issue 658)
A4: Military community members that would like to provide input to Army Senior Leadership and be part of improving the quality of life for Soldiers, Family members, Army Civilians, Survivors, and Retirees. Participant involvement ensures quality of life issues are elevated to Army Senior Leadership for action, resolution  and overall wellbeing of the community.    
Last modified: June 8, 2022 - 8:04 pm UTC