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Army Family Action Plan

AFAP Works!

If it's a program or service, an AFAP issue can IMPROVE it.

If it's a policy or regulation, an AFAP issue can CHANGE it.

If it's a law, an AFAP issue can AMEND it.

If there's a low-cost, creative solution, you should PURSUE it.

What is AFAP?

The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is an Army-wide program that serves as a platform for Army Issues pertaining to the total Army quality of life. It gives the community a voice to relay what is going well and what is not with how the Army conducts business with all members of the Army including Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve Components, Retired Military, Family Members, Survivors and Civilian Employees. This is a volunteer-based program and is open to all individuals who care about the Army, its Families, and the Natick Soldier Systems Center Community.

How does AFAP work?

The process operates on three levels: Installation, Forces command (FORSCOM), and Headquarters/Department of the Army (HQDA). Since AFAP was created in 1983, there have been 117 Legislative changes, 162 Department of Defense or Army policy changes and 178 Improved programs or services/funding. Through this process, issues requiring actions are prioritized, assigned to a lead agency for resolution, and an action plan is established to achieve desired change.

Changes That Have Been Made Due to AFAP
  • Free Online Tutoring for Military Students
  • Distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to Dependents
  • Annual Leave carryover increase from 60 to 75 days
  • Extended Educational Benefits for Spouses
  • Dental and Visual Insurance Coverage for Federal Employees
  • Military Pay Table (targeted pay raises)
  • Military Thrift Savings Plan
  • TRICARE for Life for eligible Retirees
  • BOSS Program Policy
  • SGLI Increases
  • Minimum standards for Army Child Care
  • In-State Tuition for Military Dependants
Submit an AFAP issue

Army Family Action Plan Issue Guidelines 

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is input from the people of the Army to Army leadership. It is a process that lets all members of the Army Family say what’s working and what isn’t, and what they think will fix it.

An AFAP issue is any idea, suggestion or concern you have regarding the quality of life within the Army. An issue can be one that affects only the Natick Soldier Systems Center community, or one that has effect Army-wide. A potential solution must contribute positively to Army goals, and must be something that can be judged as attainable.

Each issue submitted is reviewed by the NSSC AFAP Steering Committee and either addressed locally or forwarded on to the annual Focus Group held in the late fall.

Please keep in mind that reviewers should be able to understand the issue, why it is an issue, and how it could be resolved.  A well written issue containing a title, scope, and recommendation(s) will likely be more understandable to the reviewers, which results in a better chance of being a high priority issue. 

The AFAP Steering Committee accepts issues for review year round.

If you have more than one issue, please complete an issue submission form for each.

For additional information please contact us! 

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