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Army Family Covenant

Army Family Covenant: Keeping the Promise

In the words of our Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, "Never before in the history of our Army have we asked so much of our Families. They are serving side-by-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships and providing the unconditional love and support that truly make our Army strong. The Army Family Covenant pledges our commitment to support Soldiers and their Families and resource programs to provide them a quality of life commensurate with their service."

In 2007, the Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant, which institutionalizes the Army’s commitment to provide Soldiers and Families — Active, Guard, and Reserve — a quality of life commensurate with their level of service and sacrifice to the Nation. It commits the Army to improve Family readiness by:

  • Standardizing Family programs and services
  • Increasing accessibility to health care
  • Improving Soldier and Family housing
  • Ensuring excellence in child, youth and school services
  • Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members

Since the launch of the Army Family Covenant, significant progress has been made in improving Family programs, health care, housing, child and youth services, recreation, education and employment opportunities, but there is still work to be done to build an environment where Army Families can prosper and realize their full potential.

Army Family Covenant News
First Lady, Military Families Preview Holiday Decorations
December 6, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday hosted a group of military spouses and children during a preview tour of this year’s festive Christmas holiday decorations adorning the rooms of the White House.
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Community Covenant

Community CovenantThe Community Covenant program is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states. It is a formal commitment of support by state and local communities to Soldiers and Families of the Army-Active, Guard and Reserve.

While Community Covenant is an Army program, it extends to the other Military Services as well, recognizing that many community efforts support all Service Members and their Families regardless of the uniform they wear.

Army Family Covenant
  • 2.1 Family Programs and Services: The Army is committed to standardizing Family programs and services.
  • 2.2 Health Care: The Army is committed to increasing accessibility and quality of health care.
  • 2.3 Soldier and Family Housing: The Army is committed to improving Soldier and Family housing.
  • 2.4 Child, Youth and School Services: The Army is committed to ensuring excellence in child, youth, and school services.
  • 2.5 Education, Careers and Libraries: The Army is committed to expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members.
  • 2.6 Recreation, Travel and BOSS: The Army is committed to providing Soldiers and Families a quality of life that is commensurate with their service through quality Recreation, Travel and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) programs and services.
  • 2.7 Communities and Marketplace: The Army is committed to providing Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.

The Army Family Covenant promise is tangible. Every day the Army is expanding Family programs, providing more accessible health care, improving housing conditions and ensuring our schools, youth services and child care centers are a priority. Click here to download the Army Family Covenant brochure (PDF 1.71 MB)