Taking care of our service members and families
Secretary of Defense Directs a New Plan of Action
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 an action plan for additional support.
Changes will make military moves easier, expand opportunities for spouse employment, strengthen support for military families and ensure basic needs are met.
Read the Announcement
Read the “Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families” memo from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.View Now
4 Priorities to Benefit Military Families
1. Securing Basic Needs
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. Expanding Spousal Employment
Military spouses are the strong foundation for our service members and military families. We are expanding employment opportunities by:
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