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Month of the Military Child

MOMC 2014

April is Month of the Military Child!  This special celebration is a legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger – established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.  Army Garrisons, State Youth Program Coordinators, Army Reserve CYS Services Coordinators, and Operation: Military Kids (OMK) State Teams plan numerous events ranging from picnics and parades to recreational fairs and fun festivals – all to recognize and applaud Families and their children for the daily sacrifices for they make in supporting America’s Army. 

2015 Theme - "Young Lives, BIG Stories"

Installation Management Command Child Youth and School Services celebrates the Month of the Military child with the Young Lives, BIG Stories contest.

Young Lives, BIG StoriesStarting April 1, military children will be able to tell their story on what it means to be a military child through drawings or words for a chance to win great prizes. The Young Lives, Big Stories contest is open to active duty Army, National Guard and Reserve children preschool through twelfth grade.

Each participant may submit one entry into the contest. One winner from each category will receive a prize and the top overall winner, will receive the grand prize. Competition categories are as follows: Pre-K, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th -12th grade. All winners will be selected by a panel of judges from IMCOM Headquarters. Prizes include an iPad, Xbox One, Wii Mini and Disney tablet. The grand prize will be an Apple laptop.

To enter, participants can visit one of our CYSS facilities or The Young Lives, Big Stories contest runs April 1-30. All submissions must be submitted by or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 30, 2015.

Month of the Military Child activities and events reaffirms the Army's commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

Participate in Events

Get Involved!

  • Garrisons – check out your local Youth Center
  • Army Reserve – contact your Regional CYS Services POC
  • National Guard – contact your State Youth Program Coordinator

There are many ways to find out about additional events going on at Garrisons and in your communities! All Army Families interested in finding out more about MOMC events in their state should visit their state’s calendar page available on the Community Support page of Army OneSource.



US Army logoTo find out more about what is going on at a Garrison near you, visit their web page. On the Find CYS Services Near You page, click on any state or country to link to Garrison web pages in that location.



National Guard:

National Guard logoTo find out more about events near you, contact your National Guard State Youth Coordinator. Find your State Youth Coordinator selecting “Family Support” on the “Local Community Resources Finder” page of the National Guard Family Programs site (opens new window).


Army Reserve:

Army Reserve logoTo find out more about events near you, visit the Month of the Military Child page of the Army Reserve Family Programs website (opens new window). Personnel may also obtain local/state specific MOMC information by sending and inquiry to

Ways to Celebrate MOMC

Find out about additional ways to celebrate MOMC through these organizations that support Military Children!

  • National Volunteer Week was established by President Nixon in 1974. The Month of the Military Child provides an outstanding opportunity to include recognition of Army children and youth, who give back so much to their communities, in Installation Volunteer Week ceremonies. The Army has partnered for many years with the Points of Light Foundation in support of National Volunteer Week. Information about the Points of Light National Volunteer Week program can be found at (opens new window).
    • Kids – Volunteer at your Garrison through the Promise Passport program! Promise Passport is open to all Army children that are registered with CYS Services! To get involved, contact the Child Development Center Director, School Age Director or the Youth Services Director at your Garrison. Use these volunteer opportunities to get started! (PDF 110KB, 2pp)

Featured Stories

April 1, 2015

April is Month of the Military Child, 30 days set aside to honor the contributions, strength and service of children in the military community.

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