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  • Spouse Employment Training Program: Forty-three Air Force installations were selected to participate in this program, sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society. The following training will be administered by Airman & Family Readiness Centers: MS Office, customer service, virtual assistant, pharmacy technician, certified nursing assistant, and medical terminology training. Grant proposals are submitted to Air Force Aid Headquarters by base-level Airman & Family Readiness Centers.
     
  • Air Force Aid Society Grants: AFAS plans to award up to 3,000 grants to dependents of Air Force members for their college education through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. This grant program is open to dependent children of active duty personnel, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reservists and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year, and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average. Applications for these $2,000 need-based grants are now available from the Society's website, http://www.afas.org/
Civilian Employment Opportunities for College Graduates  

GraduationThe United States Air Force employs more than 143,000 civilians in a full range of occupations. The need to recruit and develop future leaders is a top priority for the Air Force. 

There are two Air Force recruiting programs aimed at college graduates:


These programs provide full-time civilian employment opportunities for personal and professional growth in over 20 career fields with 2-4 years full-time on-the-job-training and performance-based annual promotions while in training. U.S. citizenship and mobility are required.

Upon completing the hiring process, PALACE Acquire and COPPER CAP  participants begin at the GS-7 grade level with target grades ranging from GS-11 or GS-12, depending on the occupation. Check out our civilian employment resources web page for current pay rate based on the grades.

Internship Opportunities

The United States Air Force also employs and provides internship opportunities for current college students. These programs provide students the opportunity to gain valuable experience and help prepare them for possible future USAF employment.
  • Military Extension Intern Program - A partnership with Purdue University, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, and the Air Force provides internship opportunities at Air Force youth centers, child development centers, and other force support activities. As an intern, you will live and work on military installations around the globe for 10 weeks to 6 months. Internship locations in the past include Washington D.C., New Orleans, and Ramstein, Germany. The range of experience is broad, including working directly with children and youth, implementing programs that address their needs, and learning to manage child and youth centers. Check out all of the opportunities at www.ydae.purdue.edu/military.
Scholarships

Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also find them online through a link at http://www.commissaries.com and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.


Family

Contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center and receive assistance with: 
  • Relocation planning and preparation
  • Managing your personal finances
  • Air Force financial aid
  • Developing effective relationship skills
  • Volunteering
  • Personal and family readiness
  • Family life skills
  • Transitioning from military to civilian life
  • Employment search skills and career development
  • Information referral
  • Crisis assistance
  • Military child education
Childcare Assistance
The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood program provides fee assistance for Families of Active Duty Airmen and Air Force Technicians who are unable to access on-base child care. Families living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of on-base child care must be on the wait list before applying for fee assistance.

Military Homefront
Military Homefront is the central, trusted, up-to-date source for service members and their families regarding all DOD quality of life programs and services. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need at Military Homefront.
 
Military OneSource
Military OneSource is provided by the DOD at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services.
 
Military Installations
Military installations provides details on installation programs and services; mapping data and driving directions; links to local community points of interest; and the ability to search the Web for additional information on the installation itself or the surrounding area.

Don't Lose TRICARE Eligibility
When a new member of your family arrives, it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure continuous TRICARE health-care coverage. Your child must be registered in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, and you will need to enroll your child in TRICARE if your want continuous TRICARE coverage. Your child can lose TRICARE benefits if you fail to comply within established TRICARE timelines.

Congress authorizes paternity leave
Eligible Airmen are now authorized 10 days of nonchargeable paternity leave following the birth of their newborns, courtesy of the 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress. 

Preparing for Deployment: Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
This bilingual multimedia outreach program is designed to support military families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 as they cope with the feelings, challenges and concerns experienced during different phases of deployment. The DVD kit includes a copy of the first video Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment and new additional video and parent/caregiver materials designed to help children of injured veterans and other returning service members adjust to the changes in their parents.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. 

Family Education
Provides school solutions, homework help, parenting tips and expert advice. 

Parenting 24/7
Parenting 24/7 is a "one-stop" source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the Web.

Service Programs Strive to Strengthen Military Marriages, Curb Divorce
Service members and their spouses are flocking to a broad array of programs to help them strengthen their family relationships as the services step up efforts to curb divorce rates.

Military Spouse
This site offers family and life information concerning deployment, relationship, family and money issues, plus career and education advice. 

Air Force Spouse Social Network
To register, go to http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/. Under the QOL Resources section (left column), click on the "HOMEFRONTConnections" link. If you receive a website security certificate error, click on the "Continue to this website (not recommended)" link. The User Login page may take a few seconds to load.
 
Military Family Life Consultant Program
The MFLC provides workshops and nonmedical, short-term counseling services to help Airmen and their families cope with stressful situations created by deployments and reintegration.

Locating a Military Family Life Consultant
Military Family Life Consultants help Airmen and their families cope with the stressful and often adverse situations created by deployments and reintegration. These consultants are also responsive to crisis and emergency situations. Support has been implemented to many of our Air Force installations, and may be accessed by contacting the Airman & Family Readiness Center closest to you.

American Geriatrics Society
The society is a not-for-profit organization of more than 6,700 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The society implements and advocates programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly. Its membership consists of more than 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing-care retirement communities, senior housing facilities, assisted-living and community services.

National Family Caregiver Support Program
Part of the Association on Aging website, the Caregiver Resource Room is where families, caregivers and professionals can find information about the National Family Caregiver Support Program, including: where to turn for support, assistance and services.
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