At home or on the road, our military men and women require numerous ways to stay connected with family, loved ones and colleagues. Although the military lifestyle is just as complex as it was 50 years ago, mobile apps can help by minimizing stress, improving quality of life, and increasing overall happiness.
Mobile apps can be especially beneficial for our military students, who in addition to all the responsibilities of their everyday lives, must fit in attending art school into their full schedules. In addition to well-known apps like Skype or Zillow that military members may find helpful, these 7 apps have been specifically designed with the military in mind.
1. US Army News and Information
If you’re a military member, this official Army app makes it easy for you to stay up-to-date to access news stories, photos, podcasts, and videos from Army.mil as well as peruse the Army Live blog and digital edition of Soldiers Magazine.
VAPP can connect veterans and their families to resources for transitioning through the various stages of a military career. This app makes it easier to locate nearby community, state, and federal services, and can assist veterans in seeking counselors, finding employment, pursuing education, and starting a small business.
3. Base Directory
If you just moved, Base Directory (previously Military Traveler) provides a list and contact information of the businesses and services near your military base, including gas stations, banks, libraries and more. You’ll be able to choose your home base and adjust it when needed; you can also save the bases you frequent most on a Favorites List for easy access in the future.
4. POS REP
POS REP, short for Position Report, is a proximity-based social networking app that's designed to keep retired military members connected with their friends and colleagues. In addition to staying in touch with those that you served with, this app can help you and other veterans find new peers in your communities.
5. Military Discounters
Based on your location, Military Discounters can help you and your family members find discounts nearby. Choose from categories like automotive, travel, retail, law, entertainment, attractions, restaurants and more!
6. Military By Owner
The Military By Owner application helps military families in their PCS house-hunting process. It provides options for both rentals and discounted purchases for which you may qualify. Use the map interface to find and save properties near your current location or near important bases.
MyMilitaryLife can assist families in navigating the special challenges and important life events that veterans and active military members face. These include being deployed, transitioning out of the military, having a baby, moving, raising kids, finding employment for you or spouse, continuing your education, and much more. Based on the information you provide, MyMilitaryLife can provide you with customized to-do lists and connect you to helpful organizations or websites.
…And One More App for Current Students
If you’re military student at our art school, we also recommend you check out The Art Institutes app for quick and easy access to your online classroom when you’re on the go. Read and respond to classroom discussions, check deadlines, and make sure you’re aware of our latest news and announcements!