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The National Guard Family Program exists for the sole purpose of supporting and educating Families along the path of their National Guard life.
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Supporting National Guard Kids

Children of all ages can be affected at any phase of military life. We have programs to help one and all.
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Family Readiness

We’re here to see you through your daily challenges and prepare you for the ones that lie ahead.
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National Guard Family Program

  • Family Program
    The National Guard Family Program exists for the purpose of supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life. Get to know us! Read more
  • Family Readiness
    Find out how the National Guard Family Program helps families prepare for what lies ahead. Let us show you how to be “Always Ready, Always There.” Read more
  • Volunteer
    National Guard Volunteers contribute a broad range of services that enhance the capabilities of National Guard programs and services and augment the efforts of paid staff. It is the goal of the National Guard Volunteer Program to provide assistance and support for volunteer programs at the state level. Read more
  • Child and Youth
    Learn about the opportunities and support provided by the National Guard Family Program for youth and kids of all ages. Read more
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Family Assistance Centers (FAC)

Family Assistance Centers provide a variety of referral based services to geographically-dispersed families and retirees from all military components. Services include, but are not limited to, ID cards and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) enrollment, TRICARE and military medical benefits education, emergency financial services, legal information & referral, crisis intervention and referral, and community information and referral.

To find a FAC location near you, search the Joint Services Support Service Provider Network.




The ARNG Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a Department of Defense program who works with civilian and military agencies to provide comprehensive support services to Family members with special needs.

EFMP provides a defined process to screen Exceptional Family Members (EFMs-children and adults). To ensure availability of care during the assignment process, CONUS and OCONUS, Soldiers must enroll EFM's with special education and medically related service needs and support.

Find out more about EFMP





Policy Highlights
  • The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members’ Thrift Savings Plan account. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
  • All members serving as of December 31, 2017, are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system. No one currently-serving will be automatically switched to the Blended Retirement System.
  • Though they are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system, Reserve Component Service members who have accrued fewer than 4,320 retirement points as of December 31, 2017, will have the option to opt into the Blended Retirement System. The opt-in/election period for the Blended Retirement System begins January 1, 2018, and concludes on December 31, 2018.
  • All Service members who enter the military on or after January 1, 2018, will automatically be enrolled in BR

To take the Opt-In Course:

CAC: https://jkodirect.jten.mil/html/COI.xhtml?course_prefix=J3O&course_number=P-US1332

Non-CAC: http://jko.jten.mil/courses/brs/OPT-IN/launch.html

For more information: http://militarypay.defense.gov/BlendedRetirement/










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