Accession Number:

ADA357486

Title:

Who Cares? We DO!! Experiences in Family Support. U.S. Army War College Class of 1992 Spouses and Students

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

123.0

Abstract:

This family Support document presents experiences of commanders and commanders wives during peacetime and recent major deployments. Because more than one-half of the U.S. Army War College Class of 1992 had commanded units during Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm, there was a general desire to capture their family support-related experiences. Who Cares We Do captures the essence of the motto, The Army takes care of its own, through actual experiences unparalleled since the Vietnam War. The culture of the Army has dramatically changed during the past 20 years. Married soldiers have significantly increased to more than 50 percent, 60 percent of wives work outside the home compared to 30 percent in 1970, and the Army has renewed emphasis on taking care of soldiers and their families. Family support is a combat multiplier if done well, but can have a demoralizing impact if soldiers perceive that their families are not adequately cared for in their absence. This report, written and developed by military spouses, provides much needed insights into the successes and shortcomings of currently structured family support programs. It is important that the Army leadership give family support systems adequate support through command channels to eliminate or substantially reduce problem areas identified in this report.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE