Today’s Word…ACS, or Army Community Service!
If you are new to army life or living on-post, ACS is definitely a name you want to learn and a building you want to find! We have been an army family for nine years, and I have found so many great programs at ACS. From the lending closet to get you through those hard days before your household goods (HHG) arrive, to financial counseling and classes, even to buying a car or house, ACS is there to help! I am currently attending an awesome program at Fort Huachuca put on by ACS called Resilient Spouse Academy where I am getting training on how to be more resilient as a military spouse. They offered free childcare, lunch, and I have learned a ton and met great people! Seriously, go check out and see what ACS has to offer, I guarantee you will find something that will make your life easier. Have a great day!
Here is the definition for ACS that I found on the website, http://www.armystudyguide.com/content/army_board_study_guide_topics/army_programs/about-army-community-serv.shtml
About Army Community Service (ACS)
Your ACS equips people with the skills and education they need to face the challenges of military life today and tomorrow. Think of ACS when deploying or relocating, needing information and referrals, needing financial assistance, employment services, or for crisis and family assistance.
Army Community Service (ACS) programs offers real-life solutions for soldiers and their families. Your ACS equips people with the skills and education they need to face the challenges of military life today and tomorrow. Think of ACS when deploying or relocating, needing information and referrals, needing financial assistance, employment services, or for crisis and family assistance. The following are some of the ACS programs that may exist at Army installations worldwide:
- Deployment and mobilization support.
- Assistance with family readiness groups.
- Relocation readiness.
◦ Group training for pre/post moves.
◦ Cross-cultural training for bicultural families.
◦ SITES (Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service).
◦ Guidance counseling before, during, and after the move.
◦ Outreach to waiting families.
◦ Lending closet.
◦ Sponsorship training.
- Financial Readiness.
◦ Army Emergency Relief.
◦ Education and financial planning, Consumer Affairs and Financial Assistance Program (CAFAP).
◦ Confidential budget counseling and debt management assistance.
◦ Emergency food voucher.
◦ Consumer information and advocacy.
- Family Advocacy Program.
◦ Stress and anger management classes.
◦ Victim advocacy.
◦ Emergency placement care.
◦ Family violence prevention briefings.
- Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
- Installation Volunteer Program.
- Army Family Action Plan.
- Army Family Team Building (AFTB).
- Employment Services.
ACS facilitates a commander’s ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and responsive services that support the readiness of soldiers, civilian employees, and their families.
*There are a bunch of other links on this page about useful army services, check it out!