Department of Defense Policy

These resources include DoD directives, instructions and guidance on deployment programs and Military and Family Support Centers and Reserve Component Family Programs.

DoD Directive 1342.22, "Military Family Readiness," April 11, 2017 This directive establishes policies, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures on family policy for the Department of Defense including deployment.

DoD Instruction 1205.12, "Civilian Employment and Reemployment Rights of Applicants for, and Service Members and Former Service Members of the Uniformed Services," May 20, 2016 This instruction updates policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for informing service members and individuals who apply for uniformed service of their civilian employment and re-employment rights, benefits and obligations.

DoD Instruction 1205.22, "Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve," February 6, 2017 This instruction implements policy and assigns responsibilities for developing programs to promote employer and community support for the activities of the National Guard and reserve.

DoD Instruction 1342.19, "Family Care Plans," May 7, 2010 This instruction establishes E-E, civilian personnel who are single parents; dual-military couples with dependents; members of E-E civilian personnel who otherwise bear policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures on the care of family members of Department of Defense and emergency-essential, or sole responsibility for the care of children under the age of 19; or other personnel with family members who are unable to care for themselves in the absence of the member or E-E employee.

DoD Instruction 6490.06, "Counseling Services for DoD Military, Guard and Reserve, Certain Affiliated Personnel, and Their Family Members," April 21, 2009, Incorporating Change 2, March 31, 2017 This is a single-source document addressing counseling support available to the total force. It highlights Department of Defense policy to: (1) promote a culture that encourages delivery and receipt of counseling; (2) eliminate barriers to, and the negative stigma associated with, seeking counseling support; (3) empower leaders to advocate for those in their charge to receive counseling; (4) provide easy access to a continuum of counseling support to include prevention, early intervention and treatment to enhance coping and build resilience and (5) view counseling support as a force multiplier enhancing military and family readiness.

DoD Instruction 1342.28, "DoD Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program " March 30, 2011 This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides instructions and implementation guidance for a national veteran reintegration program to provide National Guard and Reserve Component members and their families with sufficient information, services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities throughout the phases of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.