Resources Guides



Image of 2015 Core Values for Healthy Relationships Tips Sheet

2015 Core Values for Healthy Relationships Tips Sheet

Healthy relationships are built on values like respect, trust and commitment. This two-sided tip sheet explains how to apply core values in relationships.

Cover of the Guide to the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement.

A Guide to the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System

This booklet gives an overview of the new Blended Retirement System, or BRS, in a very straight-forward, understandable way. It answers your questions about participating in the BRS, including who is eligible, what your benefit options are and how to contribute.

A Survivor's Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Families

A Survivor's Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Families

"A Survivor's Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Families" provides information for families as they work through the difficulty and pain of losing a loved one who was serving in the military.

Armed Forces Retirement Home Backgrounder

Armed Forces Retirement Home Backgrounder

This overview document describes the Armed Forces Retirement Home, an independent federal agency that cares for veterans. Campuses are in Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Miss.

Asset Worksheet

Asset Worksheet

The "Asset Worksheet: Making Sure Your Affairs Are in Order" is a Word document that can be used as a guide and can be modified to suit the user's needs.

Blended Retirement System Military Spouse Infographic

Blended Retirement System Military Spouse Infographic

This infographic explains the Blended Retirement System to active-duty military spouses.

Boating, Bowling, Golf, Stables and Special Interest Programs Backgrounder

Boating, Bowling, Golf, Stables and Special Interest Programs Backgrounder

This overview document promotes a variety of MWR programs, including boating, bowling, golf and horseback riding.

Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselors Trifold

Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselors Trifold

Child and youth behavioral military and family life counselors can provide briefings and presentations designed to address the specific challenges military children and their parents face. This trifold download contains a comprehensive list of the topics available and can be ordered in bundles of 50.

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Commander's Quick Reference Guide

Learn about the scope of confidential non-medical counseling services offered through Military OneSource and the Military Family Life Counseling Program. This handy quick reference guide for commanders covers the issues non-medical counseling can address, the importance of appropriate referrals and program eligibility.

Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs Information Paper

Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs Information Paper

The Exceptional Family Member Program supports military families with special medical and educational needs. This information paper explains the program basics, from identification and enrollment of a family member with special needs, to assignment coordination and family support.

Did You Know? Abuse Information Sheet

Did You Know? Abuse Information Sheet

Understand the resources available to victims of domestic abuse — counseling services, reporting options and more.

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Did You Know? New Parent Support Program Information Sheet

The New Parent Support Program provides information, resources and tools to help you create a nurturing and healthy home for your new baby.

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Did You Know? Relationships Information Sheet

Find information and resources to help you build strong and healthy relationships.

Directory of Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in OCONUS Communities

Directory of Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in OCONUS Communities

The military medical departments provide early intervention and related services in OCONUS locations where a Department of Defense school is responsible for educational services. This directory helps medical and educational assignment coordinators identify those military communities in OCONUS locations with pre-established programs or services for children with special needs. The directory does not identify pre-established programs or services for special medical needs.

Distinctions Between Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse Information Sheet

Distinctions Between Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse Information Sheet

Understand the differences between domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Distinctions Between Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse PowerPoint

Distinctions Between Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse PowerPoint

Understand the differences between domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Tip Sheet

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Tip Sheet

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual national observance bringing attention to this serious public health issue. When you suspect domestic abuse, your concern and support can help change a person’s life. Know the warning signs and know where to find help for a victim. Take a stand to stop the violence and keep your community safe.

Emergency Financial First-Aid Kit

Emergency Financial First-Aid Kit

This kit includes information to help families maintain financial stability in the event of an emergency. With the forms provided, users can prepare for the unexpected by identifying key financial records, contact information of relevant people and the location of important documents. 

Emergency Supply List

Emergency Supply List

This brochure from ready.gov includes tips on creating an emergency supply kit and lists items that should be included.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employer Resource Guide (PDF)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employer Resource Guide (PDF)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation.

eSponsorship Application & Training Reports

eSponsorship Application & Training Reports

Tracking sponsors is easy with the eSponsorship Application & Training reports. This guide details the available reports and walks you through accessing them in the Defense Installation Messaging System.

eSponsorship Application & Training Tips

eSponsorship Application & Training Tips

A sponsor is the key to an incoming service member’s successful move. Download this eSponsorship Application & Training tip sheet and get your sponsors started. They’ll find out how to register for the training, what to expect and how their family members can get involved.

Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support Reference Guide

Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support Reference Guide

The Department of Defense, in close collaboration with the military services, created the installation Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support Reference Guide. The guide's objective is to provide Exceptional Family Member Program family support staff a clear understanding of the program's services that provide assistance to military families with special needs.

Exceptional Family Member Program Quick Reference Guide

Exceptional Family Member Program Quick Reference Guide

This guide provides instructions for individuals serving the Exceptional Family Member Program to navigate the enrollment, family member travel screening and family support processes for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

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Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Protect your Health and Safety

This guide offers proactive ways that people can be safe in extremely cold weather. It explains the effect of cold on the human body and describes how to prevent health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia. Checklists for preparing your home and car for extreme cold are included.

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Guide for Adults with Special Needs (Downloadable version)

The Department of Defense Guide for Adults with Special Needs provides information and resources to address a wide range of topics regarding adults with special needs. Some sections of this guide are relevant to adult children with a disability while other information may be more appropriate to adults diagnosed with a medical condition. This guide is also intended for use by caregivers.

Hospitality and Lodging Backgrounder

Hospitality and Lodging Backgrounder

This overview document describes MWR hospitality and lodging programs for service members and families on temporary duty travel or permanent change of station.

Individual Skill Development Backgrounder

Individual Skill Development Backgrounder

This overview document describes MWR programs that help develop individuals’ technical skills and offer opportunities for creative growth, including performing arts, arts and crafts, and automotive.

Information, Tickets and Travel Program Backgrounder

Information, Tickets and Travel Program Backgrounder

This overview document introduces the MWR Information, Tickets and Travel program, providing service members and families with discounts and deals on tours, attractions and events.

Keeping It All Together Handbook

Keeping It All Together Handbook (Downloadable)

This handbook is designed to help wounded, ill or injured service members and their families as they navigate the treatment and recovery process. By organizing important information and documenting milestones, this tool can help you "keep it all together."

Libraries and Information Services Backgrounder

Libraries and Information Services Backgrounder

This overview document introduces MWR library resources for the military community, including installation libraries and the digital library.

Military and Family Life Counseling Program: Presentation Trifold

MFLC-Presentation Library Brochure-Adult

Military and family life counselors are available to provide briefings and presentations to service members and their families on a wide range of topics. This trifold download contains a comprehensive list of the topics available for adults.

Military and Family Life Counseling Program Presentation for Service Members and Families - PDF

Military and Family Life Counseling Program Presentation for Service Members and Families - PDF

This slide deck presentation contains all the information service members and their families need to understand the Military and Family Life Counseling Program and what it has to offer. Discover more about the various support options, get the details on eligibility and learn how to access the support you need.

Military and Family Life Counseling Program Presentation for Service Members and Families

Military and Family Life Counseling Program Presentation for Service Members and Families - PPTX

This slide deck presentation contains all the information service members and their families need to understand the Military and Family Life Counseling Program and what it has to offer. Discover more about the various support options, get the details on eligibility and learn how to access the support you need.

Image of the Military and Family Life Counseling Program Slide Deck

Military and Family Life Counseling Program Slide Deck

This slide deck presentation contains all the information service providers and leaders need to understand what the Military and Family Life Counseling Program has to offer. Discover more about the various support options, get the details on eligibility and learn how to request support for service members and their families.

Image of the Military and Family Life Counseling Program: Information Paper for Schools

Military and Family Life Counseling Program: Information Paper for Schools

The Department of Defense offers school age and youth care programs before and after school, during holidays and over summer vacation. This info paper provides details on program highlights and eligibility.

Military OneSource Logo Usage Style Guide

Military OneSource Logo Usage Style Guide

The correct use of the Military OneSource logo is required in all publications and usages. This infographic provides specifications for its use, including formats, colors, staging and sizes.

Military OneSource Master Slide Deck Guide

Military OneSource Master Slide Deck Guide - One Pager (Word doc)

This document is an index that identifies and describes nine slide decks related to the suite of services and resources available through Military OneSource. Service providers can use this document to determine which topics to include in any presentation to service members and their families.

Military OneSource Volunteer Income Tax Assistance PowerPoint

Military OneSource Volunteer Income Tax Assistance PowerPoint (ppt)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program makes tax season easier for service members and families by helping them prepare and file returns. This presentation introduces the tax assistance program.

Military OneSource – Love Every Day (ppt)

Military OneSource – Love Every Day (ppt)

This PowerPoint introduces Love Every Day, a free resilience tool that uses daily text messages to help couples strengthen their relationship and build intimacy.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 1 Intro (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 1 Intro (ppt)

This short presentation introduces Military OneSource: its mission, eligibility and confidential services.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 10 Range of Support (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 10 Range of Support (ppt)

This is a one slide PowerPoint that consists of a graphic that visually depicts the range of services and support offered by Military OneSource.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 2 Overview (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 2 Overview (ppt)

Military OneSource is your one source for information and support to master your military life. This PowerPoint discusses how Military OneSource helps you stay mission ready, secure your home front, and enjoy rest and relaxation.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 3 Pre-Deploy (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 3 Pre-Deploy (ppt)

Service members and their families need to approach deployment thoughtfully. This PowerPoint discusses the steps they should take and introduces the Plan My Deployment online tool.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 4 Deployment (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 4 Deployment (ppt)

Deployment presents challenges to both service members and their families back home. This PowerPoint discusses services and support from Military OneSource that help make the time apart easier and more secure.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 5 Post-Deployment (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 5 Post-Deployment (ppt)

Returning from deployment can be challenging. This PowerPoint discusses different resources from Military OneSource that help with the transition.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 6 Financial (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 6 Financial (ppt)

Service members and their families can get free financial services from experts familiar with military life. This PowerPoint highlights available services, including financial counseling and tax consultation, plus useful online tools.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 7 Providers (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 7 Providers (ppt)

Military OneSource provides many resources for service providers to use as they work with service members and their families. This PowerPoint introduces the website and its sections for service providers.

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 9 Closing (ppt)

Military OneSource – Slide Deck 9 Closing (ppt)

This PowerPoint has two opening and closing slides for a presentation on Military OneSource.

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Military OneSource: Program Information Paper

As both a call center and a website, Military OneSource has a lot to offer. Discover how to make the most of this Department of Defense funded program by downloading this info paper.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Backgrounder

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Backgrounder

This overview document introduces Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a network of approximately 5,000 leisure and support programs promoting active living and improving the quality of life of service members and their families.

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Non-medical Counseling Information Paper

With four different formats to receive non-medical counseling, there's an option to suit everyone. Download this info paper to learn more about confidential face-to-face, telephonic, secure video and online counseling.

Non-medical Counseling Quick Reference Guide

Non-medical Counseling Quick Reference Guide

This detailed, 10-page quick reference guide has the answers to all of your questions about non-medical counseling through Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling Program — from how to access services, to details about specialty consultations, on-demand support and more.

Outdoor Recreation Backgrounder

Outdoor Recreation Backgrounder

This overview document describes the Morale, Welfare and Recreation outdoor recreation programs. Available to service members and their families, outdoor programs include directed recreation programs and recreation equipment checkout.

Outreach to Active-duty Guard and Reserve Backgrounder

Outreach to Active-duty Guard and Reserve Backgrounder

This overview document discusses Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs available to service members who do not have access to installation programs, including YMCA memberships and the digital library.

Power Outage Checklist

Power Outage Checklist

This power outage checklist from the Red Cross, includes preparing for a power outage, what to do during the power outage and steps to take when the power comes back on. This checklist also provides details about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Child Development Program Service Providers

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Child Development Program Service Providers

Find key resources and information to help new parents learn about safe sleep for their new baby.

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Family Program Service Providers

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Family Program Service Providers

Find articles and information about safe sleep for babies.

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for New Parent Support Program Home Visitors

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for New Parent Support Program Home Visitors

Find key resources and information to help new parents learn about safe sleep for their new baby.

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Nurses, Family Physicians, Obstetricians and Pediatricians

Putting Baby Safely to Sleep: Tools for Nurses, Family Physicians, Obstetricians and Pediatricians

Share important information and resources with new parents about safe sleep for their baby.

Recreation Centers Backgrounder

Recreation Centers Backgrounder

This overview document introduces the recreation centers within Morale, Welfare and Recreation that provide directed and self-directed recreational activities for the service community.

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Relocation Budget Planner

Relocation and budgeting go hand in hand. With a little advance planning, you can avoid costly mistakes during a move. The Relocation Budget Planner weighs PCS costs against benefits and entitlements so service members and their families can make smart financial decisions before moving.

Road to Financial Readiness Infographic

Road to Financial Readiness Infographic

This infographic portrays the steps service members may take during their military career to achieve “financial readiness.”

Single Service Member Programs Backgrounder

Single Service Member Programs Backgrounder

This overview document describes the process for selecting leisure and recreational activities for single service members. The goal is to improve their morale, living environment, personal growth and development.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities

Military spouses may face challenges when building a career or continuing their education. This presentation explains how the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program helps spouses be prepared to achieve career and education goals.

Support for New Parents Information Paper

Support for New Parents Information Paper

This information paper introduces the New Parent Support Program, a home visitation program that gives new and expecting parents the resources they need to raise healthy children.

Image of the Surviving Spouses Making the Final Move Infographic

Surviving Spouses Making the Final Move Infographic

This infographic serves as a guide for surviving spouses planning their final move with the military. Track your move’s progress through this informational to-do list, and for more information, view the eTutorial on My Training Hub.

The Days Ahead, Essential Papers (English Version)

The Days Ahead, Essential Papers (English Version)

"The Days Ahead: Essential Papers for Families of Fallen Service Members" helps surviving family members by providing resources — including listings of support organizations and programs, books and websites on grief and loss, and advice for coping with the loss of their loved one.

The Days Ahead, Essential Papers (Spanish Version)

The Days Ahead, Essential Papers (Spanish Version)

"The Days Ahead: Essential Papers for Families of Fallen Service Members" helps surviving family members by providing resources — including listings of support organizations and programs, books and websites on grief and loss, and advice for coping with the loss of their loved one.

Warfighter and Family Services Backgrounder

Warfighter and Family Services Backgrounder

This overview document describes Warfighter and Family Services, MWR programs that assist commanders, service members and families manage the competing demands of military mission and family.

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Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explains the science behind winter weather conditions such as heavy snow, ice, flooding and extreme cold. The site also promotes preparedness for such conditions by describing what to do before a storm, providing steps for a family disaster plan, and instructing people how to cope if caught in a storm while outside, in a vehicle or indoors.


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