Military and Family Life Counselling (MFLC) program:
This scheme was introduced for the military peoples and their families by the Department of Defense (DOD) to support their families affected by the extension and repetition of deployments because of Iran and Afghanistan dispute. The military and family life counseling program proved to be most effective program, provided to the service members and their families; as the service members have to perform their duty leaving their loved ones throughout the whole cycle of deployment (Cnic.navy.mil, 2016). So this MFLC program includes short term issues like non-medical counseling support, relationships, and crisis involvement, stress management, sadness, occupational issues and other important issues regarding family. A psycho educational presentation is concentrated on some common issues in the military serviceman family which contains reunion, stress, loneliness and deployment. Providing solution to this issue provides a soldier to perform their duty efficiently and also provide each individual and family competency and strength (Commissaries.com, 2016).
MFLC Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP):
The JFSAP is known as Joint Family Support Assistance scheme which was introduced by MHN which provides support to incorporate the vision of DOD’s (Department Of Defense). This scheme provides mobile phones, top class family services to increase the present family programs capability to check the eligibility of Active Duty and also for Guard and Reserve family members (Mhngs.com, 2016). The main focus of this scheme is to supply the top class family services to those families who are separated by geographical means from military services and also for those who are not able to use the required support.
Some of the important goals of DOD’s for Joint Family Support Assistance Program are as follows:
Introducing a top class and ultra-modern web legalized community which will connect the families of militaries with each individual family member. They will also be provided with supportive resources in 24/7.
Developing the resources so that can be easily available for military family members.
Spreading more awareness of active/Guard/Reserve members and their families for existing services.
Enlightening leadership and provide service to the number of existing programs and services. They must advise them about its working procedure.
Launching child development schemes for military families and also for referral services.
Providing sponsorship to the volunteers and support the family professionals.
Evaluating the requirement for increasing support.
Assembling all the services along with program within a comprehensive delivery process. This comprehensive delivery process gives response for the members and families in all age of deployment cycle.
In the year 2007, the expansion of DOD made MHNGS’ MFLC contract to incorporate the service for those who are dispersed due to geographical locations with the help of JFSAP initiative. Through the scheme JFSAP, MHN MFLCS brought some support services regarding behavioral health care that can be supplied to the Active, Guard and Reserve family members who are dispersed due to geographical reason and are not capable to get the facilities (Cnic.navy.mil, 2016). MFLCs had launched “walk around coaching” that (this is a special kind of casual, instant opportunity which can be used to discuss about the service members and families) is related to psycho educational topic which is mainly given to reduce deployment stress and also to reintegrate; and it also helps to improve resiliency. MFLCs also participate in Family Readiness by supporting them informally and organizing workshop and conducting classes which lead them to focus in group and work as a team. Moreover, MFLCs also provide one on one each and individual support which acts like liaison with the local community. MFLCs provide personal financial counseling service to the military and guard families, and it also deals with the National Guard Family Support Programs and the Staff to increase the team working spirit and also to reintegrate support (Militaryonesource.mil, 2016).
MFLC Child and Youth Behavioral Program:
This scheme includes counseling services of non-medical terms and it also introduces short term problem solution like school matter, deployment and reunion adjustments. This program was launched in the year of 2007 to improve the behavior of child service provided by Child and Youth Services (CYS) Program. Child Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life counselors have introduced many procedures to support the military children. They encourage these children to participate in CYS program.
Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program (CSF2):
This comprehensive soldier and family fitness program generally represents the investment made by army to prepare the force in time and to make the quality of life of the soldiers, families and the department of army civilians more peaceful after retirement from job. This scheme has improved the performance of soldiers in physical and psychological side, and has also improved performance in the resilience and in health section (Militaryonesource.mil, 2016). The main motto of this scheme is to assure all the army members to be prepared for any situation and to make them capable of handling the responsibility of army profession.
Cnic.navy.mil, (2016). Commander, Navy Installations Command. [online] Available at: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDO/FamilyLine/index.htm [Accessed 8th Feb. 2016].