Our Navy is charged with maintaining maritime superiority. We execute this charge with our Navy team—our Sailors, civilians, and their loved ones. Navy families are an integral part of our Navy team and a vital contributor to mission success. The Navy Family Framework describes the role that families play in fulfilling our strategic objectives and the responsibilities that the Navy has to our families. It outlines our commitment to enhance mutual support between the Navy and our families. We recruit a Sailor, but we retain a family. Stronger families make a stronger fleet.
Family Framework Version 1.0, released in November 2017, was the first-ever guiding document to align Navy efforts to assist Sailors and their families. The Framework was designed to evolve over time as we developed and implemented family support programs and policies.
In this new version, we continue to address the Navy’s commitment to our families while supporting their crucial role in our Sailors’ lives. The Framework builds upon existing DoD and Navy instructions, with reference to DoD Instruction 1342.22 “Military Family Readiness” and OPNAV Instruction 1754.8 “Command Family Readiness Program.”
The first reason for updating the Family Framework was to set new goals in light of the progress that we’ve made since Family Framework Version 1.0 was released. To improve communication and transparency with our families, we established “Live Well” resiliency webinars and local commands held more than 150 all-hands calls and 100 town halls. To ease the burden of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, we created the mobile applications MyPCS and PiF (Pay it Forward) and implemented a program to reimburse spouses for licensure costs arising from relocating to another state. We also continue to update and refine the Spouse Education Continuum and other education resources available on military installations, within the local community, and online.
The favorable response to these initiatives encouraged us to release Family Framework Version 2.0 and move forward with the work yet to be done.
The second reason for updating the Framework is in recognition of the ever-increasing diversity of the Sailors and families serving our nation today. Navy families come in all shapes and sizes, and no two families are exactly alike. Every Navy family faces unique challenges; they have varying requirements and distinct needs.
What defines a Navy family is a tradition of dedication and devotion. Navy families are distinguished by personal and professional sacrifice, resourcefulness and resilience, creativity and commitment, heart and heroism. It is through these traits that individual families form the larger Navy family to which we all belong.
Finally, we are updating the Framework to reflect the vast amount of feedback we have received through many avenues—online forums, the Spouse Engagement Study, Spouse Experience Groups, and in-person focus groups. Based on these suggestions and recommendations from Navy families and Sailors, we’ve updated our goals to make sure we are addressing the issues that are the most important to our Navy team.
Our Navy is charged with maintaining maritime superiority. We execute this charge with our Navy team - our Sailors, civilians, and Navy families. Navy families are an integral part of our Navy team and a vital contributor to mission success. This Navy Family Framework describes the role that Navy families play in mission success, the responsibilities that the Navy has for our families, and outlines some organizational goals to enhance the mutual support between the Navy and our families.
Our first annual report is provided in accordance with requirements set forth in the Navy Family Framework, released by the Chief of Naval Operations in November 2017. The Navy Family Framework called for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) to serve as the central advocate for Navy families. It asked that we provide an annual assessment of CNIC programs that support the overall health of Navy families, trends on common challenges, an avenue to collect and share best practices, and the means for Navy families to provide input on Navy-wide initiatives. This FY2018 Report reflects the achievements made by all CNIC quality of life programs to include the N00 Religious Ministry Program and the N9 Fleet and Family Readiness Program (N91 Family Readiness; N92 Fleet Readiness, N93 Navy Housing, N95 Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Program).
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) serves as the central advocate for Navy families and is charged with supporting the overall health of Navy families, understanding their common challenges, collecting and sharing best practices and providing a means for Navy families to provide input on Navy wide initiatives. The Family Framework Governance Board (FFGB) will be the organizational venue for achieving these objectives.
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP), in partnership with OPNAV, carried out a Spouse Engagement Study (SES) over a period of nine months, from January to September 2018. The SES solicited feedback from Navy family members, Navy leadership, CNIC headquarters staff and FFSP staff to review programs and services administered through Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs).
The Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) is a mission-essential resource for service members, families and command leadership seeking resiliency support to help keep Sailors mission-ready and prepared to meet the unique challenges of the Navy lifestyle.
This 2018 FFSP Annual Report highlights the prevention efforts across all FFSPs functional areas.
The primary goal of the Command Family Readiness Program is to support mission readiness for the total force by establishing standards for the delivery of coordinated support services, outreach, and information to family members and Sailors throughout the Navy.
Updated February 13, 2019