The School Liaison Officer “levels the playing field” for transitioning students, helps prepare families, schools, and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transition and deployment while providing families the assurance that their children’s academic well being is an Army priority by providing five basic core services:

  1. Transition Assistance (PCS Cycle) – School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth through direct family interaction and through paving the way with local schools.
  2. Communication Link between Command, Schools, and Families – School Liaison Officers serve as subject matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues helping to connect command, school, and community resources.
  3. Home School Linkage and Support -- School Liaison Officers assist Army families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies, and legislation from local school districts, and helping leverage Child and Youth Services (CYS) resources to support these families.
  4. Partnerships in Education (PIE) – Creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
  5. Post Secondary Preparations – School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.

Examples of SLO activities:

  • Provide information on student registration in the local school system
  • Provide information on the Student Meal Program
  • Educate parents on the local school system, policies, procedures, programs, and schedules
  • Support home school families
  • Supply resource materials on primary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • Coordinate with CYS Homework Centers and Youth Technology Labs
  • Participate in Education Council Meetings to elevate parental issues for resolution

These initiatives prepare schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide families the assurance that their children's academic well-being is a priority.

AAFES School Meal Program

The Exchange provides school lunch to K-12 students on Army and Air Force Installations in 8 countries overseas. They follow the same USDA guidelines as schools throughout the United States as well as Free and Reduced-Price meals for students who qualify under federal guidelines.

To start a meal account, manage your existing meal account or view nutritional and allergen information of school menu items, visit  With LINQ Connect, you can manage school-related fees and meal balances in one place and secure payments from anywhere you have internet access.