Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 4, April

Army Boosts 'Exceptional Family' Resources
BECAUSE Soldiers and their Families often report to a new duty assignment before seeking community services, the Exceptional Family Member Program is now reaching out to them through unit Family readiness support assistants. EFMP is a mandatory...
Army Family Covenant: Enabling Army Families to Reach Their Full Potential
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN an era of persistent conflict, our Army Families are called upon to endure many hardships and are no less critical to mission success than our Soldiers. Repeated deployments and extended separations place a severe strain...
Army Kids Reporting
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE'S more than one way Army journalists convey Soldiers' stories so they resonate with different members of the Army Family. Former Soldiers Radio and Television director Jini Ryan and SRTV producer Chip Filiault reached...
Army's Child, Youth and School Services Instill Fitness, Healthy Lifestyles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command supports a variety of sports and fitness programs for children aged 3 to 18, involving more than 83,000 youth annually, with some 68,000 participating in team or...
Construction Zone: CYSS Expansion Shows Army's Commitment to Kids
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALTHOUGH there was a mini boom of construction during the 80s, over the past four fiscal years the Army's Child, Youth and School Services experienced an unprecedented surge in construction, resulting in increased access to...
DOD to Offer Child Care Improvements for Geographically Dispersed Soldiers, Families
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACCORDING to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, barely 10 percent of child development facilities nationwide are accredited. Within the Department of Defense, however, 98 percent of child...
Sesame Street: New Materials Focus on Grieving Children
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ELMO wanted to play ball with one of his favorite people: his Uncle Jack. The problem? Uncle Jack was dead, and no matter how many times Daddy, Mommy and Aunt Jill tried to explain that meant Elmo would never see him again,...
The Fife and Drum Corps: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation of Musicians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps plays an active role in telling America's story. It's through its uniqueness that it is able to pass on a passion for music and history that its members say inspires and teaches...
Tutoring for the 21st Century: 24/7 Online Service Available for Soldiers' Kids
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LIVE homework help, part of a student support program dubbed Study Strong, is available from the Army's Child, Youth & School Services both in school-age and middle school/teen facilities and at home. It can be accessed...
Vehicle Strategy Includes Fleet Reduction
THE Army's new Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy, released in January, is the roadmap for managing and modernizing the Army's fleet of nearly 300,000 vehicles over the next 30 years. "It represents a paradigm shift for the U.S. Army," said Maj....
Virtual-Reality Games Helping with PTSD
IN the past six years, games such as "Virtual Iraq" and a recent version called "Virtual Afghanistan" have evolved to help Soldiers returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorders. The University of Southern California's Institute for...
Writing You a Letter
LETTERS from loved ones can serve as morale boosters for deployed servicemembers. Soldiers magazine reached out to Army families, asking them to share letters Soldiers' children had written to their deployed parents. While space limitations preclude...