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Volunteer Policy

Below you will find many of the documents that define the Army Community Service Volunteers program policy.




Public Law 105-19, Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
To provide certain protection to volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and governmental entities in lawsuits based on the activities of volunteers.


10 USC 1588, Authority to Accept Certain Voluntary Services
Addresses programs that may accept voluntary services, requirements and limitations, authority to recruit and train, status of persons providing services, reimbursement of incidental expenses, and the authority to install equipment.


Department of Defense (DoD) Directives


Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 1342.17, Family Policy
Establishes policies assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures on family policy for Department of Defense (DoD) military personnel in Active, National Guard, Reserve, or retired status; civilian personnel; and Department of Defense (DoD) families. See paragraph 4.3, reference n, E2.1.33, and Enclosure 3 - 3rd paragraph.

Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 1400.33 Employment and Volunteer Work of Spouses of Military Personnel
States no official shall, directly or indirectly, impede or otherwise interfere with the right of a spouse of a military member to pursue and hold a job, attend school or perform volunteer services on or off a military installation.

Directive 5400.11, Department of Defense (DoD) Privacy Program
1. Reissues reference (a) to update policies and responsibilities of the Department of Defense (DoD) Privacy Program under Section 552a of reference (b), and under reference (c). 2. Authorizes the Defense Privacy Board, the Defense Privacy Board Legal Committee and the Defense Data Integrity Board. APPENDIX 8A: LAWS/CODES, Department of Defense (DoD) REGULATIONS, Department of Defense (DoD) INSTRUCTIONS, ARMY REGULATIONS 57. 3. Continues to authorize the publication of reference (d). 4. Continues to delegate authorities and responsibilities for the effective administration of the Department of Defense (DoD) Privacy Program.


Department of Defense (DoD) Regulations


Department of Defense (DoD) 5400.11-R, Department of Defense Privacy Program
This Regulation is issued under the authority of Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5400.11, “Department of Defense Privacy Program,” June 9, 1982. Its purpose is to prescribe uniform procedures for implementation of the Defense Privacy Program. 

Department of Defense (DoD) Instructions


Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1100.21, Voluntary Services in the Department of Defense
Implements policies, responsibilities, and procedures for the acceptance and use of voluntary services in the Department of Defense (DoD) programs as authorized by 10 USC 1588. Describes the conditions under which voluntary services may be accepted, the responsibilities of accepting officials, and the Government support of authorized volunteers when performing their official duties.

Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1342.22, Family Centers
Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for implementation of family centers within Department of Defense (DoD) and identifies services.
See 6.5.9, E2.1.8, and E2.1.12 .

Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1402.5, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services
Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for criminal history background checks for all existing and newly hired individuals involved in the provision of child care services as Federal employees, contractors, or in Federal facilities to children under the age of 18. The checks are required of all individuals in the Department of Defense (DoD) involved in providing child care services defined in enclosure 3, and for policy reasons, those categories of individuals not expressly governed by the statute.


Army Regulations

Army Regulation 215-1, Morale, Welfare and Recreation
This regulation establishes policy, prescribes procedures, and assigns responsibilities for Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) activities and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities (NAFIs), to include NAFIs of the Department of Defense (DoD) for which the Army has been designated executive agent. This regulation discusses volunteers and the use of NAFs in volunteer programs.

Army Regulation 360-1, Army Public Affairs Program
This regulation establishes policies and prodedures for conducting Army Public Affairs programs.  See Section 8-1, Community Relations Programs and Activities.

Army Regulation 608-1, Army Community Service Regulation
Prescribes the policy and responsibilities for establishing and operating an Army community Service (ACS) Center at Army installations. Volunteer guidance is included.

Army Regulation 608-10, Child Development Services
Policy and procedures for operating Child Development Service. Information regarding Background Checks is in Chapter 2-24.

Army Regulation 608-18, The Army Family Advocacy Program
This regulation establishes Department of the Army (DA) policy on the prevention, identification, reporting, investigation, and treatment of spouse and child abuse. It also assigns responsibility
for the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) in accordance with DoD Directive 6400.1, DoD Manual 6400.1-M.; and DoD Instructions 6400.2 and 6400.3 and DoD Instruction 1402.5. See
8.5 for Background checks.


Army Field Manuals


Field Manual 3-16.1, Public Affairs Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
Field Manual translates public affairs fundamentals and principles into detailed guidance for the planning, coordination and execution of public affairs operations. See Chapter 7, Community Relations.