- What is Family Readiness?
The Department of Defense defines Family readiness as the state of being prepared to effectively navigate the challenges of daily living experienced in the unique context of military service.
The Army is comprised of nearly one million Soldiers across all components and has roughly 1.3 million Family members. The strength of the Army hinges on their collective readiness. Army Families make selfless contributions every day to support Soldiers and Army readiness. Army Families endure challenges unique to military communities, such as frequent Soldier deployments for operational, contingency or training missions around the world.
What is a Family Readiness Group (FRG)?
A Soldier/Family Readiness Group is a command sponsored organization of Family members, volunteers, Soldiers, and civilian employees belonging to a unit, that together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance and a network of communications among the Family members, the chain of command, chain of concern, and community resources.
- What are the roles within the FRG?
Army Command Policy 600-1 (06 November 2014) and The Army Leader’s Desk Reference for Soldier/Family Readiness provides specific guidance for the command roles. Additional material is provided in the R.E.A.L. FRG Command Team Training.
- First Sergeant
- Command Sergeants Major
Family Readiness Liaison (FRL):
Provides operational (primary advisor to the FRG on all military matters), administrative (ensure FRG rosters are up to date) and logistical support (coordinate volunteer training) to the FRG leadership. Moniters and maintains oversight of the Command Family Readiness Program. FRL duties are assigned by the commander.
Volunteer FRG Leaders:
Often, the FRG leader is the commander’s spouse, though not always. Any spouse in the unit who is willing and able to lead the efforts of the FRG can serve as FRG leader. The commander may select the leader, or the leader may be elected by the FRG membership. Either way, the commander prepares and signs appointment orders for the leader. However, after the FRG leader is selected, he or she needs to obtain the proper training.
The Army Leaders’ Desk Reference for Soldier/Family Readiness defines the FRG Leader roles as:
- Supports the commander’s family readiness goals
- Provides overall leadership of the FRG
- Recruits other volunteers to serve on FRG committees
- Delegates FRG responsibilities to selected volunteers as committee chairpersons, or presides over their elections
- Serves as a member of the battalion-level steering committee
- Identifies needs or unique problems of unit families
- Acts as unit FRG spokesperson for communicating family members’ concerns and ideas to the unit commander and, if needed, the battalion-level FRG leader
The FRG is not a one-person job, therefore, additional volunteers need to be recruited in order to build a team that works together for the good of the families in the unit.
Additional information is also discussed in the FRG Leader Essentials and FRG Leader Advanced Courses.
The Family Member:
Unit Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) foster a sense of belonging to the unit and community, and provide a vehicle for Families to develop friendships while they gain information about the unit and community. In addition, they provide information and referral, and share support during deployments. Through successful FRG efforts, many spouses have developed a more positive attitude toward themselves, a better understanding of why deployments are necessary and the Army mission to maintain readiness.
FRGs provide support that communicates command caring, genuine care, and as open and honest communication as possible. This allows Soldiers to trust in that care, which enables them to concentrate on the mission at hand, and have the emotional readiness to carry out that mission. FRGs help develop a confidence in Soldiers that Family members will receive reliable and friendly support when the Soldier is away. This can be a meaningful stabilizer for Soldier performance in the unit, and an enhancer of training and psychological readiness to fight.
- Family Readiness Guidance (Policies & Regulations)
The Army Regulation that governs all Family Readiness Group operations is Army Regulation 608-1, Appendix J
Army Command Policy contains guidance on the Total Army Family Program at para 5-10, page 51 Army Regulation 600-20
The Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1342-22 establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and establishes procedures for the provision of Family readiness services.
Fort Carson Administrative Law provides some Fort Carson info papers on FRG's
Family Readiness Resources:
Fort Carson "Pass It On" weekly newsletter to keep yourself and your FRG informed!
Your Soldier, Your Army is a guide that any Family member will find helpful!
Click here for pre-deployment, deployment, and reunion resources.
- Leader's Toolbox for FRG's
Looking for tools to use in operating the FRG, resources that others have created, or handouts to provide or use at your FRG events? Here are some great tools to use:
- FRG Annual Planning Tips
- SAMPLE FRG SOP
- FRG Monthly Meeting Template
- Tips for Running and Effective Meeting
- FRG Meeting Minutes Template
- Meeting Sign-In Sheet
- Icebreaker Ideas
- FRG Event Checklist
- Factors That Motivate Volunteers
BUILDING THE FRG ROSTER/COMMUNICATION
- Sample FRG wire diagram/key caller Roster
- Sample FRG spreadsheet Roster
- Sample FRG Family Data Sheet
- Sample FRG Communication Tree
- Sample FRG Volunteer Roster
- Sample Key Contact and Communication Log
- Sample Key Caller Problem Resolution Form
- vFRG Quick-Start for Family Member
- vFRG Quick-Start for Sponsor
- FRG Financial Audit Template
- SAMPLE Informal Fund Audit
- Audit Memorandum Template
- SAMPLE FRG Fundraiser Request Form
- FRG Fundraiser AAR Template
- The Fort Carson Informal Funds Registration Form is completed by the FRG Fund Custodian/Treasurer if your FRG intends to have funds. The completed registration form should be returned to DFMWR through email@example.com
- Do You Hear What I Mean (self-reflection exercise on communitcating in different situations
- Emotional Cycle of Deployment Worksheet (helping develop coping strategies)
- Family Communication Around Household Roles and Responsibilities
- Finding Balance
- Just Breathe
- Move the Body, Relax the Mind
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Fort Carson Army Community Service is here to serve the Family Readiness community of FRG members, volunteers, and leaders along with Family Readiness Liaison's (FRL's) and commanders/Rear Detachment commanders.