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The Exceptional Family Member Program: Noble Cause, Flawed System : Joint Force Quarterly , July , 2023

July 2023

Joint Force Quarterly

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From the report: "We recruit individuals, but we retain families.” This profound statement by a senior military leader during a conversation at Air University in August 2021 astutely observes both the familial bonds that characterize the profession of arms and the challenge of maintaining those bonds while in the active defense of the Nation. The “we” is the Department of Defense (DOD), which appropriately frames the level of responsibility. Likewise, the “retain families” mindset adroitly frames the scope of accountability."

Authors - Bryant, Benjamin T.



Bryant, Benjamin T.


Joint Force Quarterly


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