The Origins of Volunteer Support for Army Family Programs
Final research rept. Jan-Sep 1987
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purpose of the report is to trace the history of volunteer participation in the Armys family support within the larger context of volunteer activities in the United States as a whole. The report focuses particularly on the advent of the Army Community Service ACS in 1965 and how volunteers support its functions. The report shows that the relationship between the Army and its families has changed considerably over the years. During the Revolutionary War, Army families were essentially federal employees who were paid for their services with government rations. During peacetime, most volunteer support has come from Army wives. During wartime, this effort is augmented by others. The ACS has increased the services to Army families but has been strained lately by the reduction in volunteer hours associated with the large-scale entry of married women into the labor force. Keywords Military dependents.
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