The National 4-H Headquarters, at USDA, has established formal partnerships with Air Force Services Family Member Programs, Army Child and Youth Services and Navy Child and Youth Programs to support positive youth development education for youth whose parents are serving in the military. These 4-H Military Partnerships bring the resources of the Land Grant University – youth develoment professionals, research based curricula, and high quality training and technical assistance — to the youth programs of the military. University and county 4-H staff serve as project directors, 4-H Military Liaisons and as specialists on assignment to the Army, Air Force and Navy.
National 4- H Headquarters relies upon the Land Grant University Extension System across the country to build strong partnerships with Army, Air Force, Navy, National Guard and Reserve to provide technical assistance and training for military staff and establish 4-H Clubs for Military youth living on and off post as well as those whose parents are serving in the National Guard and Reserve. As military families move frequently and experience the difficulties surrounding lengthy and frequent deployments, 4-H provides predictable programming and a safe and nurturing environment for military kids.