Taking care of our service members and families
Secretary of Defense Announces New 2023 Initiatives for Taking Care of Our People
The well-being and readiness of our service members is a top priority for the Defense Department. In September 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced initial actions. As of March 2023, new initiatives have been added to strengthen support to service members and their families.
Changes will make military moves easier, support careers of military spouses, strengthen support for military families and ensure economic stabilization.
Read the "Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families"and "Strengthening Our Support to Service Members and Their Families" memos from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.
Download the "Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families" fact sheet.
Strengthening Our Support to Service Members and Their Families
Learn more about new initiatives for supporting the well-being and economic security of our military community.LEARN MORE
4 Priorities to Benefit Military Families
1. Economic Stabilization
Our military families must be secure in their ability to afford the basics. In addition to the 4.6% pay increase for service members included in the president’s 2023 budget, the Defense Department will:
2. Making Moves Easier
Service members and families are required to move frequently, and these moves often come with costs that strain budgets. We are easing the moving process by:
3. Strengthening Our Support for Families
We’re expanding support for families and making it easier to find affordable, quality child care options by:
4. Supporting Careers of Military Spouses
Military spouses are the strong foundation for our service members and military families. We are expanding employment opportunities by:
Resources for Service Providers and Leaders
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