The Army is a unique community. It expects a lot from its members, and offers a lot in return.
The key to a satisfying Army life is to learn about military culture, and meet other people who can help you on your way. The following links will assist you during your time with the US Army:
My Army Life Too - An Army Community Service (ACS) site that contains countless links for families, Soldiers, and federal civilians.
Army Onesource - You will need the following login and password to access this site - login: army, password: onesource. This site offers help to Army families in elder care, parenting, marriage and life skills among many other topics. Army Onesource has translation services in 150 languages and a multicultural staff.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) - The AER fund assists Soldiers in need of financial help. AER collects donations from Soldiers and Army retirees annually.
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) - This site is for federal civilian employees and is similar to AER.
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) - Along with a lot of useful information, you can take the AFTB Levels I & II courses online.
Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) - MWR is a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants.
Tricare Health Care - Tricare is the health care system for Soldiers, retirees, and their families. This site contains information on enrollment, claims, benefits, and much more.
Tricare Dental Care - United Concordia runs this voluntary, comprehensive dental program offered worldwide by the Department of Defense to family members of all active duty Uniformed Service personnel and to Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) members and/or their family members.
Department of Finance and Accounting (DFAS) - DFAS has links to MyPay, Per Diem amounts, housing allowances, and pay charts.
Thrift Savings Plan - The thrift savings plan is a retirement plan for federal government civilian employees and uniformed members
Military Money Magazine - This site highlights specific financial issues and challenges affecting service members and families.
Military Sentinel - This site contains information on identity theft, work-at-home scams, and other consumer protection issues that affect military personnel and their families.
MilSpouse.org - This site is a resource library for military spouse employment, relocation, and education information.
Military Family Program - This site contains information for military Spouse Battle Focus. Maintained by the Army War College.
The Albany Battalion Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager can be contacted at 518-266-7452.