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- Saving with the New Blended Retirement System
The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides our military force with a modernized retirement plan built for retirement savings. Beginning in 2018, our service members can get automatic and matching Thrift Savings Plan contributions as well as mid-career compensation incentives in addition to monthly annuities for life. All service members under the current system are grandfathered into today’s retirement system. Download Flyer
- Guard and Reserve Newsletter
The first quarter of the Guard and Reserve Newsletter is now available for download. The Guard and Reserve Support Network is a Department of Defense partnership of programs supporting the needs of the National Guard and Reserve community. View Newsletter
- My Training Hub: Financial Readiness Courses Fact Sheet
Financial fitness is right at your fingertips with new training for service members and their Families. My Training Hub is the Department of Defenseís new consolidated, online training platform. It brings learning to life in a convenient online setting that services the entire military community. This platform was created by professionals with the highest standards in training and technology, and responds to different learning preferences, tracks learners’ participation and evaluates training outcomes. Info
- Latest Issue of Double Eagle Magazine
- Apps for Download
Safe Helpline App for Sexual Assault Survivors in the Military (for iOS or Android) allows sexual assault survivors in the military to create a customized self-care plan and connect to resources from anywhere in the world.
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler.
Battle Buddy gives you tools and information needed to assist in crisis situations.
- Request Your Soldier's Life Cycle Kit
Army Reserve Family Programs is here for you throughout the Soldier's Life Cycle. Putting Family first, then balancing between a civilian job and Army Reserve life is hard work. Let Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) help you make that balance easier. Get connected by requesting your Life Cycle Kit.
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Recently, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, joined financial expert & motivational speaker, Ms. Suze Orman for an in-depth discussion on the importance of financial readiness. During the on-camera discussion, Orman answered several questions provided by Soldiers and Family members through social media. Please share this important advice with your Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members to help build fiscal readiness and resilience.
What to Do with the Summer Break? Volunteer!
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Army Reserve youth face unique challenges in their lives that many of their peers will never understand, such as parents with frequent deployments, having to move on a regular basis, and being isolated from larger military communities. With these challenges also come opportunities; chances to demonstrate resilience and adaptability for the future. Army Reserve Family Programs helps reinforce those strengths through volunteer opportunities with Child, Youth and School Services. Summer is the perfect time to explore volunteerism, finding something you love to do, while helping others. These opportunities not only help these students feel like part of the Army Reserve Family, they also help teach and develop real life skills while solving problems, strengthening the community and connecting with others.
Alaina, an Army Reserve Youth Volunteer with dual-military parents, has volunteered her skills as a graphic artist to her mother’s unit. She helped to design a military coin as well as a design for the unit’s physical fitness training shirt. She plans to use those designs for her portfolio when applying to graphic design schools. “Being an Army Reserve child can be difficult. Most of my friends don’t understand my Family’s situation,” Dexter said. “Volunteering helps me connect to others who can relate to that, and it’s a great feeling when you see your ideas come to life and get used.”
In addition to the skills that Army Reserve Youth Volunteers gain through their experience, they also have substantial accomplishments they can then use for college applications, along with resources to find and apply for scholarships.
Army Reserve Teen Panel Junior Advisor, Erica, has four years of Volunteer experience and says her experience helping others will translate into her future school plans, as she focuses on special needs education. “My time volunteering has helped me learn to be more flexible and more resilient,” Underwood said. “I’m looking forward to using those skills to help others.”
While the challenges of the military lifestyle can be difficult, the opportunities available through Army Reserve Family Programs help to ensure strong, ready, and resilient Families. For more information about Child, Youth and School Services or other Army Reserve Family Programs service and resources, visit www.arfp.org, contact Fort Family at 1-866-345-8248 or your command’s Family Programs Director or Coordinator. We Inspire and Empower. Anytime. Anywhere. 24x7x365.