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Getting The Most Out Of Military OneSource

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The Department of Defense offers military families a comprehensive resource for all aspects of readiness, resilience, and even recreation. The program, called Military OneSouce, is meant as a virtual extension of on-base services. It offers one source of easily accessible information, resources, and services for military families. For example, Military OneSource offers:

  • Referrals to non-medical counseling services and to Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Career and employment resources, including helpful articles, job search resources, assistance with resume preparation, and career counseling
  • Access to free online libraries full of novels, newspapers, magazines, academic journals, reference materials, textbooks, professional resources, kids’ books, and audiobooks
  • Educational resources for service members, spouses, and children like test preparation materials, helpful articles, and links to scholarships and financial aid resources (as well as access to MyCAA for spouses)
  • Helpful information about topics ranging from military life (deployment, reintegration, and relocation) to personal life (fitness, hobbies, mental health parenting, and relationships)
  • Financial resources including Financial Counseling, Financial Planning Consultations, and free tax services
  • Points of contact for TriCare, MyCAA, and on-base services near you
  • A friendly, compassionate staff in case you simply need someone to talk to, twenty-four hours a day.
Military OneSource is available whether you are affiliated with the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. Although certain resources may be offered only to Active Duty families, many other resources are also available to family members of National Guard and Reserve members. To access these resources, go to www.militaryonesource.com.  You can also call 1-800-342-9647 for advice, information, and access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
You will need to register in order to access some of the materials on the site. To register, you will be asked to provide information about your sponsor’s branch of service, status, and duty station, as well as your full name and date of birth.
Part 2 of this series will introduce you to the great career and educational resources available from Military OneSource. Part 3 will explore the MWR Library’s online resources. Part 4 will explain how to access Health and Wellness Coaching through Military OneSource. Part 5 will examine the great recreational resources available through Military OneSource.