Review of Military Youth on the Move Website

While I was reading up on some topics related to my kiddos, I stumbled upon the MYOM website. I found it useful, so I thought I would review Military Youth on the Move and share what I found with all of you.

History of Military Youth on the Move

Military Youth on the Move (MYOM) is a Department of Defense Website designed to make PCS moves easier for school aged military kids. This website was designed to support children of military service members who were making a Permanent Change of Station move. This website came into existence as a result of the 1996 National Defense Authorization Act, which required military installations to provide support services to preteen and teenage children of military service members.

Who is Military Youth on the Move for?

This website is for all school aged children and their parents. Information is divided into age appropriate sections of Kids (age 6 to 8), Preteens (age 9-12), Teenagers (13 to 17), and Parents. Information is written on a level that each age level can easily read and understand.

What information can I find on MYOM?

The sections for children each contain sections titled: The New Kid, My New School, Money Matters, Leadership, and Get Involved. The teenage section also contains additional section, What’s Next? Within each of the sections, articles on the topic address common concerns and give tips to make the transition easier. Some article titles include: Making New Friends, Homework Help, and Become a Good Leader.

The section for parents has even more useful information. Articles on moving with pets, OCONUS moves, family activities, and family financial guidance. The parent section is divided into sections to make it easy to navigate as well.

If you enjoy podcasts, a whole section of them are available as well. Great for those who don’t like to read. (The reading is pretty light weight, though!)

How easy is it to navigate MYOM?

This website has an easy to follow menu with clearly labeled sections for kids, preteens and teens. Additionally, if you just want to read about a particular topic you can click on the buttons across the top to find that information. It is easy to find what you want quickly, which is a big plus.

Bottom Line

MYOM is an easy to use website with good basic information covering a range of topics that are very relevant to military families. With the podcasts, videos and networking groups that are available in conjunction with the site; it is definitely worth a visit.

 

Resource Review: Military Homefront

Military Homefront is a website that acts as the official website for the Military Community and Family Program that is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the website it gives, “policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.” That my friends, is a lot of information! I am going to limit my comments to the information given for troops and families.

First Glance

The Military Homefront The landing page has a section for the latest headlines relating to military families and highlights of the Military Community and Family Program. A section on community building is currently highlighted.There are also tabs to find information specifically for Troops and Families, Leaders and Service Providers. The sidebar has links to useful resources that are located on other websites.

The general information is pretty well organized and easy to find to find. However, the sheer volume of topics is pretty overwhelming.

Content

This website has tons of helpful information on topics ranging from Adoption to Transition Assistance for those leaving the military.

By clicking on the Troops & Families tab, you can find a list of topics with information specifically for your situation. For example, the Adoption tab provides a general overview as well as answers specific questions regarding military policy in regard to adoption. Within the answers to the questions are links to external resources that might prove helpful.

The sidebar has a listing of resources that are located on other websites. These “quality of life” resources may be websites managed by the Military Community and Family Program or they may be websites for other agencies. Each link connects you to valuable information you may need to know. For instance, I clicked on the MC&FP eMagazine archives link. It links to an online magazine that I did not know about, but that had great information on family related topics, such as the Teen Council, the Spouse Employment Partnership and the Month of the Military Child. There are also links to things like the military personnel locater and casualty assistance.

 Other Stuff

Many other links are available on this website. This information covers a wide swath. Interested in social media? Its there. Want demographic info on the Army? Yep, they have that too. Want an RSS feed with the latest info? You got it. Need to start planning your move…this is where you start!

Final Thoughts

This website is a treasure trove of information. There is a little of everything for everyone. The amount of information that is included is my main criticism of this website. There is just so much stuff on here and so many links going in so many directions that it is overwhelming. That being said, the overall navigation is pretty easy and the links do open in a new window, so someone browsing does not end up losing their place. My verdict would be that if you need to find something on here, you probably could with little trouble.

So, visit Military Homefront the next time you have a question. Then come back here and tell me if you find the answer!