What is AFAP?
The Army Family Action Plan is an Army-wide initiative to identify issues of concern to improve the overall Quality of Life for Soldiers and their Families. This process is used to identify the most critical well-being issues facing the Army today and provide suggestions about how things can be improved. Senior Army leadership places a great deal of emphasis on issues raised through the AFAP process and work to ensure that, wherever possible, they are resolved.
What is the annual AFAP Conference?
Each year, representatives (Soldiers, Family members, civilians, retirees, etc.) from across the West Point community participate in the annual West Point AFAP conference. Issues that have been submitted during the year are reviewed and prioritized. At the conclusion of the conference, issues are presented to the West Point Garrison Commander and senior leadership. Issues that can be resolved at the local level are worked by local agencies.
The 2013 installation-level AFAP Conference will be held 4-7 February 2013. Community members (Soldiers, Family members, civilians, retirees, and youth between the ages of 13-18) are invited to participate. Delegates review issues that have been submitted by the community and prioritize issues that they feel should be worked by leadership.
• DD Form 2793 Volunteer Agreement Form (Required for volunteers only)
• DA Form 5671 Parental Permission Form
• 2013 AFAP Agenda
• 2012 West Point Army Family Action Plan Information Paper
The 2012 conference was held in February 2012.
2012 AFAP Community Outbrief Slides
• Disposition for Issues Submitted to the 2012 West Point AFAP Conference
What happens to AFAP issues?
The Commander’s AFAP Steering Committee meets quarterly to provide updates about issue resolution and ensure that issues are continually worked and do not become stagnant. Issues remain in the process until the Steering Committee deems them complete or unattainable. The Committee is chaired by the Garrison Commander and Chief of Staff.
What happens to issues that cannot be resolved locally?
Issues that are beyond the scope of West Point are forwarded to DA for inclusion into the AFAP process. At the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) AFAP conference, issues are reviewed, those that are prioritized are worked. The General Officer Steering Committee (GOSC) meets quarterly to review issues and determines when they are complete or unattainable
How do we know when issues are resolved?
For information about all West Point AFAP issues, please review the West Point AFAP Issue Update Book or spreadsheet of all issues.
• West Point Active AFAP Issue Update Book
• West Point Completed/Unattainable AFAP Issue Update Book
• You can now search active HQDA AFAP issues by visiting: ArmyOneSource
How long does it take for an issue to be resolved?
Some issues can be resolved within 90 days of the conference, however, some issues that require higher level action such as changes to Army and OSD regulatory guidance and policy and to Federal law require time to accomplish. Some issues prove more difficult to resolve than others. On the average, issues at the HQDA level take 2 ½ years to complete.
What are some of AFAP’s success stories?
To get an idea of what AFAP has done for the Army family; take a look at some of the benefits available today as a result of the process.
Some success stories at HQDA:
• Montgomery GI Bill can be transferred to dependents.
• Expanded dental insurance plan that increased coverage for dental procedures and some orthodontic services.
• Temporary Lodging Expense increased from 4 to 10 days.
• Soldiers may store a vehicle at government expense if PCS to location where vehicle not allowed.
• Thrift Savings Plan was authorized.
• Military spouse unemployment compensation.
• Military Spouse preference for federal Jobs.
We have also experienced several successes locally, including:
• Playground for Special Needs Family Members
• Sponsorship program for deployed personnel
• Junior ROTC program at O’Neill High School
• Taco Bell
• Lee CDC
• Covered Bus Stops
• Refreshments at AFFES offered movies