Standards for Military Family Readiness programs

2020 Edition

Military Lifestyle Support and Education Definition


Customers acquire the tools and resources needed to effectively navigate the military lifestyle, improve individual and family functioning, and promote positive adjustment and military family readiness. 


Military Lifestyle Support and Education services are prevention-focused, educational and supportive services designed to assist Service members and their families with managing the stresses of daily living within the context of the military lifestyle. Services focus on topics and concerns that impact military family readiness including overall family functioning, relocation, deployment, and military separation and are provided using an array of service modalities including automated systems, information and referral, educational briefings and support groups, and one-on-one consultation. 


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Note: The MIL-MLSE standards were revised in June 2017 to reflect current practice. For more information please see the MIL-MLSE Update Summary

Note: Military Lifestyle Support and Education services must be made available to all eligible Service members and their families, either directly or by referral, and include:
  1. relocation assistance; 
  2. deployment assistance; 
  3. employment assistance; 
  4. personal and family life education; 
  5. transition assistance; and 
  6. information and referral. 
Some Military Lifestyle Support and Education services are made available through referral to outside providers. In situations where relocation assistance, transition assistance, employment assistance, or personal and family life Education are not provided directly by the MFR program, an NA or “not applicable” is available in the standards.

Note: Please see MIL-MLSE Reference List for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.
Self-Study Narrative Evidence
  • Procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of the prevention program (MIL-MLSE 8.03)
  • Description of outreach and educational activities with civilian employers (MIL-MLSE 7.04)