The Armed Forces Action Plan (formerly the Army Family Action Plan and equivalence of the Air Force's Caring for People), is an annual forum that gives those who are normally not in a decision making position, a chance to provide input on quality of life issues to senior leadership for action and resolution. It's a process that allows Military Service Members (Active, Reserve and National Guard), Retirees, Survivors, Teens, DoD Civilians and their Families to say what's working, what isn't, and suggestions on how to fix it. The forum also alerts commanders and senior leadership to areas of concern that need their attention and gives them the opportunity to quickly put plans into place to work towards resolving issues.
Overall, this annually held forum draws together a representation of America's Military in an atmosphere of education and decision-making to actively deal with quality of life issues. Even though the AFAP forum is held once a year, issues for consideration are accepted year round.
AFAP is a powerful program to manage change and improve the well-being of the military community. It's a way to identify critical issues concerning quality of life, readiness, welfare and morale issues that have a global impact on Military Service members and their Families. Issues, ideas and suggestions may be submitted year-round.
Submitting an AFAP Issue
Submit as many AFAP issues as you like, but please use a separate form for each issue. Submission forms can be found on the right side of this page under 'Forms' or in-person at all of our Military & Family Readiness Centers.
Digital issues should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can participate:
Service Members of any branch (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard) no matter their status, military spouses, teens, retirees, survivors, DoD civilians, and family members.
Delegates will be selected from the installation and tenant commands to represent a cross-section of the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Community. Delegate applications can be found on the right side of this page under 'Forms'.
The FRTI team (Facilitators, Recorders, Transcribers, and Issue support staff) is comprised of community volunteers. If you are interested in serving as a delegate or FRTI team member at the forum, contact the AFAP Program Manager.
History of AFAP
Each change originated as an idea that someone decided to pursue. AFAP is a grass roots program that started in 1983 as the brainchild of Army spouses. AFAP created an information loop between the global Armed Forces Family and senior leadership. It provides the community a "voice" in shaping the standards of living and identifying issues related to the current environment
• Leaders trust and support AFAP; real-time information enables commanders to respond more rapidly to resolve problems, implement good ideas
• Senior leader authority and involvement; tasks staff to address issues, monitor their resolution, and publicize to community
• Each change originated as an idea that someone decided to pursue
• 90% of AFAP issues are worked at local levels
• 61% of the active HQDA AFAP issues impact all branches of service
• 683 AFAP issues have resulted in 124 legislative changes;
• 179 Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy changes
• 195 new/improved programs or services
Some AFAP success stories (from past forums) include:
• Service members' Group Life Insurance increased; $50,000-$400,000
• The Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers/Service Members (BOSS) program
• DoD Reserve Component Family member ID card
• Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) institutionalized
• Established Military Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
• Guaranteed Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees
• Increased military annual leave carryover from 60 to 75 days
• Distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents
• Medical entitlements for college age dependents
• Military Spouse Unemployment Compensation increased from 8 to 38 states