Army Community Service (ACS)

Fort Detrick

Mon 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tue 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thu 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
US Holidays Closed

Contact

Freedman Drive
Building 1520, Room 124

DSN:
343-2197

Commercial:
301-619-2197

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Forest Glen Satellite Office

Mon 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
US Holidays Closed

Contact

2460 Linden Lane
Building 161

DSN:
301-295-7001

Commercial:
301-295-7001

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Army Community Service (ACS) offers many programs and services that are designed to equip Service Members, DoD Civilians and Families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the Family during deployment or adapt to new situations, ACS has a program to help you and your Family adjust.

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Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

Army Family Team Building is a series of training modules taught through your local Army Community Service or Family Program’s office that cover topics such as basic information about the Army, personal growth skills and leadership skills. AFTB improves personal and Family preparedness which enhances overall Army readiness and helps America’s Army adapt to a changing world.

AFTB helps you to not just cope with, but enjoy the military lifestyle. Many of the courses can be applied toward resume’ and career building, self-development and leadership skills. AFTB provides the knowledge and self-confidence to take responsibility for yourself and your Family. The training is available to service members, Family members of all service members, Department of Defense civilians and volunteers.

My Army OneSource: Army Family Team Building

Contact your AFTB Program Manager for more information!

New to the Community

Household Goods Lending Closet

When relocating to a new installation, you can borrow basic household good such as: 

  • Pots and pans 
  • Dishes 
  • High chairs and car safety seats 

Plan My Move/Military Installations

This program guides you with detailed information on installations worldwide, planning calendars and checklists for a smooth move as well as information on local weather, maps, programs, services and photos of over 250 military installations. You can visit the Plan My Move website or stop by the Relocation Office.

Career Guidance and Employment Opportunities

The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides information and referral services on employment, education, training, transition and volunteer opportunities to give Family members the competitive edge needed to secure meaningful employment. ERP offers up-to-date information on available employment opportunities, market and job trends, education and volunteer resources to help individuals make informed decisions when seeking employment. Services offered by the ERP include classes and seminars related to employment:

  • Career exploration
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Dressing for success
  • Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Individual career assessment and counseling
  • Transition Assistance Program workshops

Virtual Career Library

Additionally, get help with your job search or explore different careers online from any computer. Just click on the Virtual Career Library logo to access over 6,000 digital pages of career guidance information. Inside you will find hundreds of career advice videos, digital career books and directories, virtual job data cards, job bank resources, and occupational videos to help you achieve career and life success. Note: First time users of the Virtual Career Library must click on the "First Time Registrant" link and complete and submit the access request form. Your account should then be accessible to you within one business day. From that point on, you can access the library with the username and password you created.



Get Help With Your Job Search Or Exploring Careers 
Click on the Virtual Career Library logo to access over 6,000 digital pages of career guidance information. Inside you will find hundreds of career advice videos, digital career books and directories, virtual job data cards, job bank resources,  and occupational videos to help you achieve career and life success.

Volunteer

Army Volunteer Corps can link volunteers with local volunteering opportunities. What can volunteering do for you?  

  • Gain a sense of satisfaction/achievement by meeting challenges
  • Learn about the Army, its sister services and the community
  • Acquire new skills and/or expand old ones
  • Obtain work experience
  • Build new friendships and become a cohesive part of the community

Army OneSource: Find Volunteer Opportunities In Your Community 

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)

AFAP is a grassroots process that gives the community an opportunity to voice concerns and issues that affect quality of life in your Garrison and in the whole Army.  You can submit an issue to the AFAP Program Manager. 

Family Members with Special Needs

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides an all-inclusive approach for community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services for Families with special needs. An exceptional Family member may be a child or an adult with any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that limits the individual's capacity to engage in pursuits with peers or that requires:

  • Special treatment
  • Therapy
  • Education
  • Training

Some of the conditions that would qualify a person as an exceptional Family member include:

  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Developmental delays
  • Speech
  • Language
  • Hearing or visual impairment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Physical disabilities and mental health disorders 

Respite Care Information
Army One Source: Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program Enrollment and Screening Information
US Army Medical Department: Exceptional Family Member Program 

Survivor Outreach Services

Many times, after the loss of a Soldier, unresolved issues or questions come up long after the Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) has concluded his or her duties. In addition to the grief the Family will suffer, they may also be faced with issues and questions built around the life of an Army Family. Those left behind often:

  • Wonder if there is anyone out there that understands
  • Need local resources for support
  • Want reliable information about programs, services and benefits available to them, but aren’t sure where to go or how to find them

In keeping with the Army’s commitment to its Soldiers, the Soldier Outreach Services (SOS) delivers on that commitment by providing dedicated and comprehensive support to Surviving Families who have lost a Soldier, whether active, reserve, guard or retired. The SOS can provide support, information and services as long as is needed. Program Support Coordinators are on hand to:

  • Meet in person with Surviving Families 
  • Listen with compassion and offer reassurance
  • Provide information and referral to appropriate resources
  • Ensure Surviving Families receive all benefits to which they are entitled
  • Encourage our Surviving Families to remain an integral part of the Army Family for as long as they desire

For more information contact the local SOS Support Coordinator/Liaison.

My Army OneSource: Survivor Outreach Services

Need Help with Finances?

Financial Readiness Program

The Financial Readiness Program (FRP) combines consumer affairs and financial counseling with emergency financial assistance. FRP provides a wide range of services to assist Active Duty and retired military, their eligible Family members, Department of the Army civilians, active duty Reserve Component Soldiers and Survivors with their personal financial affairs. The FRP supports commanders in maintaining unit financial readiness while assisting Soldiers and Families to achieve self-sufficiency and long-term financial stability. Some of the FRP services include:   

  • Budgeting and debt management
  • Credit reports and scores
  • Investing and the Thrift Savings Plan
  • Preparing for major life events such as deployments, divorce, marriage, large purchases, etc.

  Contact the Financial Readiness Program Manager for more information.

Relocation Readiness

Information, Referral and Follow-up (I, R&F) Program

I, R&F supports soldiers, civilians, and their families relocating from installation to installation.

Services include in-processing, out-processing, Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Newcomer's briefings, Sponsorship training, Home buyer, and Re-entry workshops, Welcome packets, worldwide installation information files and Lending Closet are also available.

The Relocation Readiness Program is located at Army Community Service, we provide relocation counseling, guidance and planning services for your next move.

Family Readiness Group

The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is organized to provide mutual support for a unit's family members. FRG forms the third component of the Army's family support system during deployment. It operates during periods of normal operations, as well, in close coordination with the affiliated unit and, if convenient, with ACS or the Reserve Component Family Program Coordinator's Office. The FRG also serves as an important source of inspiration, training, and support to empower Army families to increase and enhance their self-reliance.

Goals of the Family Readiness Group: To provide an opportunity for family members to mutually support each other, prevent isolation, provide information, help involve families in unit activities, and refer families to community resources when needed.

The two distinct levels of effort of Family Readiness Groups:

  • Activated function - The effort is concentrated around events such as pre-deployment and mobilization, deployment, and the immediate post-deployment periods. FRGs provide support to family members and soldiers by offering information on unit activities and meetings, and referral assistance about community resources. Activities during this level are geared toward helping family members prepare for imminent separation, cope during the separation, and to bond with other family members in the unit.
  • Sustaining function - There is a reduced degree of interaction between FRG volunteers and family members as well as within the FRG organization. This period occurs mainly during non-deployment periods. During this period, FRGs continue to update rosters of family member addresses and telephone numbers, continue regular meetings between FRG representatives and unit leaders, and, through group meetings or telephone contacts, provide welcoming, sponsorship, orientation, and networking support for new family members and families in crisis or transition.

 

Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)
8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Building 62, 2nd Floor
Bethesda, MD 20889
WRNMMC SFAC is American Disability Act Compliant.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 0730-1630
Phone Number: 1-301-400-0208


The Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) is co-located with Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) to assist the wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their Families. The SFAC is a comprehensive, centralized office that provides a variety of services to assist Soldiers and their Families with administrative and personal needs during their Transition process.

Goals:

  • Provide assistance to 100% of the Warriors in Transition that are assigned/attached to the WRNMMC WTB and their Family members
  • Co-sponsor events in support of the Warriors in Transition
  • Establish links with outside organizations to support the Warrior in Transition and their Family members
  • In-process 100% of all Warriors in Transition that are assigned or attached to the WTB
  • Market the SFAC program to allow the community to fully understand the support that is being provided
  • Maintain a data base of quick access programs that can assist with Lodging, Taxi, Rental Vehicles, Flights
  • Maintain the Client Tracking System (CTS) to account for the SFAC support provided to the WT/Family members

How does the SFAC provide the administrative services? The SFAC provides services in one of the three methods:

  • SFAC service provider is currently located in the SFAC
  • SFAC staff calls service provider forward to provide the service in the SFAC at the convenience of the WT/Family member
  • SFAC staff schedules priority appointment for the WT/Family member with a service provider at the service providers current location on the installation

What are some of the services provided by the SFAC?

Military Personnel (MILPER) - Assess the projected WT population and determine the optimum method for conducting in/out processing. Provide the Warrior in Transition and Family member with ID card & CAC Card services, Update DEERS, SGLVI, DD93, Military records and other related military documents.

Social Services Assistance (SSA) - Provide substance abuse prevention training, education, crisis intervention, information referral services, intervention and counseling to the Warriors in Transition/Family members. Coordinate and arrange respite care services for families with special needs through ACS, Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

Information and Referral Services (I&R) - Assess the individual and Family needs, provide information and make service referrals within the center and to external agencies. Maintain resource listings on a variety of installation, local, state, and federal agencies which offer support services to WT. Resource listings will include services to special needs' population.

Financial Counseling Services - Counsel & Educate Warriors in Transition/Family members on personal financial self-sufficiency, developing a spend plan, budget planning and development. Provide counseling & debt liquidation services to Soldiers & Family members to prevent the need for administrative and disciplinary actions. Assist Warriors and Family members with personal Financial Readiness (military pay system, entitlements, how to read the LES, checkbook management, financial counseling resources and procedures, financial planning for family separations, short-notice deployments, and PCS-moves.)

Education Counselor - Provide Army Continuing Education Services to the WT Soldiers on a priority basis. Required services include, but are not limited to, testing, information on education services, scholarships, benefits and Education counseling. Ensure all WT are familiar with the "GoArmyEd" portal procedures for applying for Army Tuition Assistance.

Outreach Program Coordinator - Responsible for linking a variety of military and civilian support services with the Soldiers/Family members who have the greatest need of and are least likely to seek out & utilize such services. The outreach concept describes a method of service delivery and an approach to community organization designed to foster self-reliance & a sense of belonging. The composition of a given community and the priority support service needs of the community typically define the character of the outreach. Obtains data by means of personal interviews, questioners, interview with NCOs, garrison and installation commanders, and consultation with service activities, such as medical treatment facilities, housing referral office, youth services, education center, and other ACS.

Social Security Administration VTC - Dedicated Social Security Administration VTC services that allow all Warriors in Transition and the IDES Soldiers to apply for social security, conduct VTC Directly with a Social Security Administration (SSA) representative and ask questions directly to a SSA representative.

Disabled American Veteran (DAV) - The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transition Service Program is designed specifically for active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines making the all-important transition back to civilian life. The DAV Representative support WT's with pre-discharge transition assistance, DOD Medical Records review and medical debriefing for chronic illness or residuals of injuries caused or aggravated by military service. This service assures benefit accessibility and protects those injuries/illnesses in the future with the documentation for claim submission.

Chaplain - Provided on and off-site through WTB Chaplains, religious Services are available to support WT's and their families. Services include counseling, religious support, pastoral care, rites and sacraments. Supply materials and references that support counseling situation and spiritual needs are available.

SFAC Computer Lab - SFAC Computer Lab/Lounge: Free internet access, Wi-Fi and the SFAC staff on hand to assist the Warriors in Transition and there Family members with accessing links, USAJOBS, working on resumes, education, grants, DA Forms, printing, etc.

Army Emergency Relief (AER)

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Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides financial assistance to Soldiers, retirees, Family members, surviving spouses, and orphans when there is a valid emergency. There are also scholarship opportunities and grants to Wounded Warriors available. The office works with other relief agencies to assist all military personnel and their Families.

Categories of authorized emergency financial assistance include:non-receipt of pay, theft of funds, medical expenses, funeral expenses, required travel, rent, utilities, food, repairs for privately-owned vehicles, clothing, repair of HVAC, cranial helmets, privation, and fire or other disaster.

Under the AER Commander's Referral Program the authorized limit increased to $1,500 on 01 AUG 2011. The repayment period may be extended from 12 up to 15 months. All other conditions/requirements of the Program remain the same.

For financial emergencies after duty hours, contact Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) Center at 1-877-272-7337.

AER Forms

Visit the official Army AER Website.

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)

AFAP Crest Logo

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is the Army's grassroots process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers (all components), Retirees, Department of Army (DA) Civilians, and Families to senior leaders for action.

Information provided through the AFAP process gives commanders and leaders insight into current satisfaction detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army constituents. Leadership uses the information to effect changes that improve standards of living and support programs. These changes foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community.

The AFAP is a year-round process that begins at the installation or unit level. It is the preeminent means for commanders at all levels to learn of and seek solutions to the concerns of their communities. The Army is the only Service with a program like AFAP.

How AFAP Works

The AFAP process begins at the installation or community level. Each Installation conducts an annual AFAP forum. Members of the global Army family identify, develop and set priorities for issues. The delegates to the AFAP conference consist of Program Managers, Volunteers, DA civilians, Retirees, Active and Reserve Component soldiers and Family Members. Many of the identified issues are specific to the installation and can be resolved at that level.

Issues are assigned to the office that has responsibility for resolving the issue. The installation Executive Management Group reviews the issues and monitors them until they are resolved. Issues beyond the scope of an installation commander that require a higher level of authority go forward to the MACOM or to HQDA.

To enter an issue for consideration by the Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA), use the AFAP Issue Management System.

Click the links below to see previously submitted issues details:

2013-2011 AFAP Issues

Violence Prevention and Education

The US Army Family Advocacy Program is dedicated to the prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention and treatment of spouse and child abuse. The program provides a variety of services to soldiers and families to enhance their relationship skills and improve their quality of life. This mission is accomplished through a variety of groups, seminars, workshops and counseling and intervention services.

  • Emergency Placement Care Program (EPC)
  • Victim Advocacy Program (Domestic Violence)
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP)
  • FAP education and prevention
  • New Parent Support Program (NPSP) 
  • Support groups and enrichment classes

Contact the Family Advocacy Program Manager to begin!


Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention: 

SHARP 24-hour Response Hot Line: 240-674-2802


Victim Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program: Victim Advocacy Services Program provides comprehensive assistance and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, including crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal rights and proceedings, and referral to military and civilian shelters and other resources available to victims. Victim Advocacy services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to Soldiers and Family members

 

New Parent Support Program

The Army’s New Parent Support Program is a key secondary prevention program within the Family Advocacy Program which falls under the umbrella of Army Community Service. Established in 1995, this voluntary participation program helps Soldiers and Family members who are expecting a child, or have a child or children up to 3 years of age, to build strong, healthy military families. Through a variety of supportive services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes, the NPSP helps Soldiers and Families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions and the everyday demands of parenthood.

 

ACS Program Contact Info

Contact information for all ACS programs:

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) 

DSN

Civilian

AFAP Coordinator

343-3171

301-619-3171

 

ACS Outreach Program

DSN

Civilian

ACS Outreach Program Manager

343-3171

301-619-3171

 

Army Volunteer Corps

DSN

Civilian

Army Volunteer Corps Manager

343-3171

301-619-3171

 

Employment Readiness Program (ERP) 

DSN

Civilian

ERP Manager

343-2208/6636

301-619-2208/6636

 

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 

DSN

Civilian

Fort Detrick EFMP Manager

343-3385

301-619-3385

Forest Glen EFMP Manager

301-295-7001

301-295-7001

 

Family Advocacy Program (FAP) 

DSN

Civilian

FAP Manager

343-7171/7453

301-619-7171/7453

 

Financial Readiness Program (FRP)

DSN

Civilian

FRP Manager

343-3455/3456

301-619-3455/3456

 

Army Emergency Relief (AER) 

DSN

Civilian

AER Manager

301-400-1994/1995

301-400-1994/1995

 

Relocation Readiness
Information, Referral & Follow-up Program

DSN

Civilian

Relocation Readiness Program Manager

343-6364

301-619-6364

 

Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) 

DSN

Civilian

Soldier and Family Assistance Center Manager

301-400-0208

301-400-0208

 

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

DSN

Civilian

Hotline

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Manager

343-3050

301-619-3050

240-674-2802

 

Click here for Sexual Assault/Harassment Hotline

You can also contact the below assistance telephone numbers:

Child and Spouse Abuse Hotline

DSN

Civilian

Fort Detrick Child and Spouse Abuse Hotline 24/7

343-7114

240-674-2802

Forest Glen Child and Spouse Abuse Hotline 24/7

301-295-7545

301-295-7545 

 

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