Military Culture: A Guide for Extension Professionals

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About this Course:

Military Culture: A Guide for Extension Professionals logoThe well-being of families in the military is essential to the Department of Defense (DoD) and its goals for service readiness (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019). Historically, DoD programs and resources were designed for the service member, but research shows that family-related factors play an important role in service members’ readiness. An approach to support families in the military and strengthen both formal and informal networks off the installation is through Cooperative Extension. However, many community providers are not trained or experienced in supporting this unique military community (RAND, 2014). Cooperative Extension has a yet untapped opportunity to serve families in the military with our practical, applicable education as members of the communities in which they live, work, and play. Cooperative Extension can meet the needs of the military community by sharing its knowledge and bringing value to build the skills and practices of families in the military. This training provides an overview of military culture and the unique needs of military families to help Extension professionals better understand how to recognize, engage, ask, and deliver education in the community.

Continuing Education Credit

Please check this page often for updates. We are currently seeking approval of 1.5 CE credits for each of the four courses from the following credentialing agencies:

  • The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for CFLEs
  • The National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
  • The American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be available for providers interested in documenting their professional development hours.