Department of Defense Education Activity

School Liaison Officers

General Description

School Liaison Officers : Serve as the primary point of contact for school-related matters. Represent, inform, and assist Commands. Assist military families with school issues. Coordinate with local school systems. Forge partnerships between the military and schools

The goals are to:

  • Identify barriers to academic success and develop solutions;
  • Promote parental involvement and educate local communities and schools regarding the needs of military children;
  • Develop and coordinate partnerships in education; and
  • Provide parents with the tools they need to overcome obstacles to education that stem from the military lifestyle.

The School Liaison Officers will:

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for school-related matters.
  • Represents, informs, and assists Command.
  • Assists military families with school issues.
  • Coordinates with local school systems.
  • Forges partnerships between the military and schools.


The Army has an active School Liaison Officer program on each of its installations. The Army School Liaison Officers (SLO) serve the Active, National Guard/Army Reserve/ Accessions Commands and geographically dispersed Families within a one hour distance of their installation.

Download the Army School Liaison Officer Directory or call Child, Youth and School (CYs) Services.

Marine Corps

School Liaisons (SLs) support transitioning families in obtaining educational information and assistance from local school districts. The USMC SL role is very comprehensive and is adapted at each installation according to the needs of the community.

Download the Marine Corps School Liaisons Directory.


The Navy is implementing K-12 support to military families through Child and Youth Education Services at all major Navy installations.

Download the Navy School Liaison Directory or feel free to contact the Officers through the local Child and Youth Programs office, Fleet and Family Support Center.

Air Force

Child & Youth Education Services - School Liaisons are located at each installation and are the central point of contact for commanders, military families, and local school systems on school-related matters for grades Pre-K-12. The School Liaison Office (SLO) advocate, advise, and build alliances to help address education concerns/issues of the Total Force and offer a network, to educate and provide information/referral for both military families and school districts.  Services provided but are not limited to: Transition Support (School Districts & Boundaries), Alternative Schooling Options/Support (Private, Parochial, Charter and Homeschool), Deployment Support, College & Career Readiness, Scholarship Resources, Parent Workshops, School District Professional Development and Military Interstate Compact Compliance Support. SLO services are open to all DoD ID Card holders, Educators who service Military Students and Community Partners within the Pre-K-12 Education realm. 

Download the Air Force School Liaison directory here or feel free to call/visit the Child & Youth Programs on any Air Force Installation for more information.

Coast Guard

Family Resource Specialists (FRS) and/or Child Development Service Specialists (CDSS) are available at each Health, Safety & Work-Life - Regional Practice to assist Coast Guard Service members and their families with school related issues. Please contact the FRS or CDSS on your Regional Work-Life staff at 1-800-872-4957 or visit the School Liaison Program webpage for more information.

Download the U.S. Coast Guard - School Deployment and the Military Child brochure.