Armed Forces News

Soldiers and their families soon should see improvements in several key areas relating to quality of life. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported Feb. 6 that Army Secretary Mark T. Esper, Vice Chief of Staff James C. McConville, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discussed the steps they intend to take, triggered largely by complaints they have received from soldiers and spouses.
Among them:

* Housing inspections of older homes will increase, with a focus on locating and removing asbestos. The worst housing should close and be replaced by 2026.

* Inspection of household goods during permanent-change-of-station (PCS) moves should improve. More shipments will involve crating goods, rather than dissembling them. Soldiers will have better avenues of expressing satisfaction or dissatisfaction with moving companies.

* Soldiers will get increased priority consideration for child-care services. The hiring process for child-care workers will be streamlined to 60 days, down from the present 134 days.