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AFAP Turns 25: Make a Difference the Army Way!

Posted by Jeremy Brown on October 14, 2008

Image Courtesy of Kimberly Freesland @ www.babycolt.com

Image Courtesy of Kimberly Freesland @ http://www.babycolt.com

Social consciousness is on the rise.  People are mobilizing and showing that just one person CAN make a difference.  No system can be perfect and the US Army realizes that there is always room for improvement; thus the birth and continuation of the AFAP (Army Family Action Plan).

ARMY FAMILY ACTION PLAN

The Army Family Action Plan exists as your (Soldier, Family, Civilian) avenue to bring about change in the Army or the Department of Defense.  You might recognize some of the benefits that have come from this program:

BOSS

SGLI Increased

BAH Increased by 11%

FRG Institutionalization

Family Separation Allowance Increase

AFTB

These are just some of the changes.  Go here if you would like to see more.  So you may be asking: “How do I change things?”  Well I am here to tell you how.

STEP 1:

Find or think of a problem.  Write it down.  Think of the scope of the problem.  Who does it effect?  Write down some possible solutions.

STEP 2:

Submit your AFAP issue online or to your local AFAP Coordinator.  If you don’t know who it is contact your local Army Community Service building and ask.  Don’t know where that is?  Ask me and I will help you find it!

Step 3:

Volunteer at an AFAP Conference near you.  These conferences happen on the Post and higher levels.  Ask your Volunteer Coordinator, AFAP Coordinator or just check the VMIS system at the My Army Life Too link on my sidebar.  Remember that you to can make a difference.  I leave you with a wonderful quote attributed to Margaret Meade.

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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One Response to “AFAP Turns 25: Make a Difference the Army Way!”

  1. “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That is one of my favorite quotes by Margaret Meade.

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