Scope: Inferior shipment of household goods for the Total Army Family results in high claims, loss of duty time, and causes large out-of-pocket expenditures.
Scope: The current Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) Permanent Change of Station (PCS) weight allowance table does not support the changing Army demographics. More service members are entering with established Families, Families are larger, and Retention Control Points have been extended, creating increased career longevity. Using the current PCS weight allowance table, service members frequently pay excess costs, unload valuable property prior to moving, do not ship essential belongings, and mu... more >
Scope: Service members who acquire new dependents after the effective date of permanent change of station orders are not entitled to travel and transportation allowances for those dependents. This results in the service member paying out-of-pocket travel and transportation expenses to move newly acquired dependents.
Scope: With the rise in the number of RC Soldiers mobilized, there is an increasing need for Soldiers and Family members to be afforded counseling services. Upon release from active duty (REFRAD), there are no provisions in place to assist RC Soldiers and Family members who need counseling, such as marital, Family, and financial. RC Soldiers and Family members must rely on expensive civilian agencies for these services. Access to counseling services would ensure the well being of RC Soldiers’ and Fa... more >
Scope: All Reserve Component (RC) Soldiers, regardless of civilian employment status, should be entitled to the Selective Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP), to include non-prior service and prior service enlistment, reenlistment, affiliation bonuses, educational loan repayments, and the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker. Military technicians (MT) perform in both a military and civilian capacity; yet, they are not eligible for incentives afforded to other RC members. Incentives received as a Soldier prior to b... more >
Scope: The FY01 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 722, authorizes TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR) for Active Duty Family members (ADFMs) who reside with members of the Uniformed Services eligible for TPR within the 50 United States. Military Service members are eligible for TPR if they live and have a duty assignment more than 50 miles (or 1 hour's drive time) from a military medical treatment facility (MTF). ADFMs who do not reside with their TPR eligible sponsors, regardless of the reas... more >
Scope: FERS employees are not allowed to receive credit for their accrued sick leave in the calculation of their retirement annuity. Personnel hired since 1984 are affected by this policy. Allowing accrued sick leave to be calculated for retirement annuity would enhance morale, increase work force productivity, and encourage the effective use of sick leave.
Scope: Currently there is no authorization to use appropriated funds to pay for or subsidize the cost of EFMP respite care, except for active Family advocacy cases which have restricted parameters. EFMP respite care is funded by limited and unpredictable donations. Caring for Exceptional Family Members can be stressful both financially and emotionally.
Scope: Currently, Army Youth Programs do not provide Youth Leadership Forums at installation and MACOM levels consistently throughout The Army. Additionally, Youth Services programs are not adequately funded to cover these Youth Leadership Forums. Youth are the voice of our future; they need guidance and training to prepare to be leaders for tomorrow.
Scope: Currently, there is no standardized Physical Education (PE) program within Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA). Lack of daily PE in DODEA primary and secondary schools fails to prepare students for maintaining lifelong fitness and health. Studies have shown the absence of daily exercise contributes to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and negatively impacts students’ overall well-being. Adequate physical fitness among young people is a national priority