Scope: Military spouses are not entitled to receive unemployment compensation in all states when accompanying service members on a permanent change of station (PCS) move. Many states consider leaving a job due to military sponsor's relocation as a voluntary departure; therefore, spouses do not qualify for unemployment compensation. The loss of income creates a financial hardship on the Family until the spouse is re-employed.
Scope: The MGIB entitlement terminates ten years after Expiration Term of Service (ETS) or retirement. During transition, some veterans incur Family and work obligations that hinder full use of their investment. Elimination of the time restriction would allow those veterans to benefit from this entitlement.
Scope: The Army does not pay for the shipment of a second POV to OCONUS locations. Increased security requirements, logistical demands of the Family, and spousal employment/volunteerism are critical factors faced by military Families. A second POV would improve Family involvement in force protection measures (private vs. public transportation), reduce financial hardship, and enhance morale.
Scope: Immediately upon being notified of mobilization, reserve Soldiers and their Families can experience high levels of stress. The impact of leaving your Family, employment, and personal lifestyle often creates the need for financial and psychological services. Financial assistance, chaplain support, social work service, Family readiness and psychological counseling are needed to prepare for a successful mobilization. The well being of the Soldiers and Families has a direct impact on their perfor... more >
Scope: The law does not allow retiring service members Dislocation Allowance (DLA). Service members incur the same relocation expenses whether retiring or making a permanent change of station (PCS) move. DLA for retiring service members would offset the burden of overlapping expenses and relieve this financial inequity.
Scope: The United States Army Reserve does not have regional Retirement Service Officers to assist individual Soldiers and Families. Two Army Reserve Personnel Command representatives provide retirement counseling services as an additional duty. RC Soldiers may not receive crucial retirement counseling which adversely affects their ability to make timely and accurate decisions regarding their entitlements and benefits.
Scope: The military spouse does not have the right to choose when to utilize his/her Military Spouse Preference (MSP). MSP is automatically invoked when applying for most non-appropriated fund (NAF) and appropriated fund (APF) continuing positions on a DoD installation regardless of pay grade or series. Failure to grant spouses the choice of when to use MSP results in financial hardship on families and is detrimental to spouse career progression.
Scope: Spouses are not authorized their own professional weight allowance. The Army supports spouse employment as evidenced by DA-sponsored employment (i.e. Family Child Care Providers) and volunteer programs (i.e. Army Family Team Building). Counting “professional” items of spouses in the household goods weight allowance causes household goods to be overweight and creates financial hardship.
Scope: A limited number of installations offer educational and physical fitness training programs for pregnant and postpartum Soldiers, and participation is not mandatory. Approximately nine percent of female Soldiers are pregnant at any one time. These Soldiers are not receiv-ing necessary education and physical training. The un-availability and lack of participation in these programs results in unsatisfactory Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) scores and weight standards, impacting readiness and th... more >
Scope: The processing time for service members’ dental pre-authorizations for civilian dental care is excessive. The Military Medical Support Office (MMSO) averages three or four weeks to respond to pre-authorization requests. Requests for additional information are sent through the US Postal Service, which further delays response time. Lack of a timely response impacts dental readiness, delays treatment, and is detrimental to the mission.