Scope: Parachute Jump Pay is computed on a daily rate while on jump status. Therefore, RC service members generally receive a vast difference in this hazard pay because they are paid only when they are in a duty status. Reserve Component service members are required to maintain the same level of proficiency and incur the same risks of injury or death associated with jumping as their Active Component counterparts.
Scope: Soldiers and Family members frequently encounter problems with the citizenship and residency application process. Under most circumstances, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) will not accept DOD administered physical exams and fingerprinting. The Family member application process is further complicated by language barriers and inaccessibility to CIS services and facilities. Lack of effective assistance to Soldiers and their Families causes emotional hardship, additional costs, dist... more >
Scope: The application process for dependency determination, whether for adoption or for extended family members, is cumbersome and unresponsive to the needs of soldiers. Due to the multiple forms and supporting documentation required, it can be a frustrating and confusing endeavor. There is a lack of guidance on submission procedures and no visible tracking of the application process. As a result soldiers are often left in limbo, reducing their ability to devote full attention to the job of soldier... more >
Scope: There is an inadequate number of TRICARE-authorized and network health providers in remote areas. Providers choose not to participate or leave the TRICARE program because reimbursements are lower than usual and customary rates for medical services. As a result, military families incur out-of-pocket expenses or non-availability of services.
Scope: Employment opportunities for military spouses have diminished due to A76 Commercial Activities (CA) contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.207-3 contains a standard clause directing hiring practices that do not address Military Spouse Preference (MSP). Government failure to require contractors to utilize MSP diminishes employment opportunities, which negatively impacts family finances and ultimately soldier retention.
Scope: In the post 9/11 security environment, some care providers are denied installation access. Installations have unique access procedures, which are often unfamiliar to unit commanders. Family care providers without ID cards require access to installations/facilities, regardless of geographical location or branch of service, to properly carry out their responsibilities. This denied access causes breakdowns in Family Care Plan effectiveness, depriving family members of critical needs.
Scope: Remotely located RC Army spouses experience difficulty attending the annual unit commander’s briefing and orientation. Federal law prohibits funding for a spouse’s expenses associated with traveling to and attending such training. A spouse’s inability to attend training as a result of prohibitive costs adversely affects the soldier, the family, and the unit’s ability to complete the mission.
Scope: Mobility of the military community, coupled with the State-specific criteria for determining the eligibility for in-state tuition often prevents military Family members from continuing their higher education. The Army is committed to ensuring Soldiers and Family members are afforded educational opportunity equal to the general citizenry. Denying in-state tuition or the continuation of in-state tuition causes financial hardships, often preventing continuation of education. The Army supports sta... more >
Scope: Military families need assistance in coping with pressure associated with managing complex relationships within a military lifestyle. Licensed marriage and family counselors are not always available to soldiers and family members in remote areas. Marital/family therapy reduces conflict and facilitates medical management of the problems. Counseling services are not available unless there is identified family violence (Family Advocacy option), or medical/mental health diagnosis of a family memb... more >
Scope: Many activated Reserve Component soldiers are unable to maintain their existing civilian healthcare as a result of the Uniformed Service Employment Reemployment Act (USERA) provision allowing employers to charge soldiers up to 102% of the pre-deployment premium. Medical coverage becomes cost prohibitive and transferring to TRICARE frequently causes interruption of specialized medical care. The choice between added expense and interruption in care causes undue hardship for the family and soldie... more >