MAY 9, 2019 – Navy families navigating military life can now find support by downloading the MyNavy Family application which was released in the days leading up to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 10. The free app can be found in the Navy App Locker, https://www.applocker.navy.mil.
The MyNavy Family App was developed as a result of the Navy asking spouses about their experiences and how the Navy could help make it better. Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson has often commented on the important role Navy families play in mission success.
“To be affirmed and valued in our important role as Navy spouses at the highest level of the Navy organization fosters a greater sense of pride for all that we do in support of our spouses and in support of our nation,” Latisha Motley, a 12-year Navy spouse, said.
More than 1,100 spouses across the Navy provided input to develop the app. It focuses on 11 key milestone events within the life of the Navy family. Some of those areas include New Spouse Orientation, Mentorship and Networking, Special Needs Family Support, and Navy Retiree Services. Information from more than 22 different websites is now consolidated within one easy-to-use app.
“The app is very intuitive and doesn’t have too many Navy acronyms which allows family members to clearly understand what programs and services are available to them,” said Jennifer Summers, a 23-year Navy spouse. “Whether the app is used by the Sailor or spouse or a family member, they can be assured that the information is accurate.”
The Navy’s Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) produced the app and Tracen Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in integrated mobile and web solutions, developed the software.
“This particular app really hit home with me,” said David Driegert, assistant program manager for PMW 240’s mobility program. “As a dependent and later as a Marine, I understand the importance of making sure the entire family feels included because we all serve, not just the service member.”
The app provides valuable information whether someone is new to the Navy or a seasoned spouse who has experienced multiple deployments or permanent change of station moves. There is also a feedback section so suggestions can be incorporated into future updates.
“This is only the beginning,” said Linda Jackson, Project Manager, Navy Services Familyline.
The MyNavy Family App supports the Navy Family Framework objective to expand and improve the experience for Navy spouses and families. Other efforts include improving family programs and websites, developing an official MyNavy Family website, providing ombudsman registry access to command leadership spouses and increasing the availability of live webinars and self-directed learning activities. Additionally, next month we will release a new policy allowing reimbursement of up to $500 of spouse state licensure or certification costs rising from relocation from one state to another due to a permanent change of station move.
Future updates of the app will provide a more interactive user experience, and a companion website is in the works.
“We all serve,” Jackson said. “The Sailor, the spouse and the children. The MyNavy Family App is a tool for all of us to create stronger families and a safer nation.”
By Cmdr. Erik Wells, Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Public Affairs