With manpower and funding in short supply, self-help offers wing commanders a way to leverage limited facility improvement resources. Self-help encourages facility users to “take charge” of their offices, living spaces, and recreational areas. The program provides an excellent method to achieve facility improvement and foster a sense of “ownership” and unit pride. By fostering this sense of pride, self-help projects contribute to successful mission completion and improved user care of facilities. To capitalize on this opportunity, the self-help program should:
- establish a “team approach” that actively involves unit commanders and senior NCOs;
- set goals, identify requirements, establish priorities, and designate roles and responsibilities for execution;
- be responsive and customer oriented;
- encourage projects for the “community” like playgrounds, pavilions, and bus shelters.