Families on the agenda

Families were on the agenda at the first Army policy roundtable at Army Headquarters in Andover, aimed at improving understanding of the issues families face and how they can best be resolved.

The meeting, chaired by Major General Paul Griffiths, the Army’s Director of Personnel, and attended by AFF’s Chief Executive, Collette Musgrave, focused on topics such as feedback from the Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS), issues affecting non-UK personnel and families and the effect Service life has on spousal employment.

Collette Musgrave, AFF’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a real step forward for Army families. We’ve always had a good relationship with Army decision makers, and to meet in a structured way where you have all the stakeholders around one table and talking through issues can only be the best way forward to address Army family issues.”

Colonel Leigh Drummond, Assistant Head Army Personnel Services, said:  “Conferences such as this present an opportunity to ensure we have a common understanding of the issues we are addressing and to determine what tangible actions we can take that will deliver the greatest benefit to our people.”

All those who attended agreed to work more closely to ensure an understanding of families’ needs.


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