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Soldier and Family Readiness

Fort Carson Army Community Service is here to serve the Family Readiness community of SFRG members, volunteers, and leaders along with Command Family Readiness Representatives (CFRR's) and commanders/Rear Detachment commanders.

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 Soldier & Family Readiness Group (SFRG)?

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?

Commanders:

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. SFRG Command Team Training.  

  • Commander
  • First Sergeant
  • Command Sergeants Major

Command Family Readiness Representative (CFRR):

Provides operational (primary advisor to the SFRG on all military matters), administrative (ensure SFRG rosters are up to date) and logistical support (coordinate volunteer training) to the SFRG leadership.  Moniters and maintains oversight of the Command Soldier and Family Readiness Program.  CFRR duties are assigned by the commander.  

ACS offers a quarterly CFRR Academy where CFRR's can learn more about:

CFRR Expectations

CFRR Role/Leadership Management

Communication Network & Critical Incidents

Non-Mission Essential Activities & Resources

& More!

 

Volunteer SFRG Leaders:

Often, the SFRG 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 SFRG can serve as SFRG leader. The commander may select the leader, or the leader may be elected by the SFRG membership. Either way, the commander prepares and signs appointment orders for the leader. However, after the SFRG leader is selected, he or she needs to obtain the proper training.

The Army Leaders’ Desk Reference for Soldier/Family Readiness defines the SFRG Leader roles as:

  • Supports the commander’s family readiness goals
  • Provides overall leadership of the SFRG
  • Recruits other volunteers to serve on SFRG committees
  • Delegates SFRG 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 SFRG spokesperson for communicating family members’ concerns and ideas to the unit commander and, if needed, the battalion-level SFRG leader

The SFRG 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 SFRG Leader Essentials and SFRG Leader Advanced Courses.

 

The Family Member:

Unit Soldier & Family Readiness Groups (SFRGs) 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 SFRG 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.

The Soldier:

SFRGs 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. SFRGs 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)

Army Directive 2019-17 (Changes to the Soldier and Family Readiness Group Program).  This directive established an official name change to refer to FRG's henceforth as SFRG's, Soldier and Family Readiness Group.  It also establishes policy changes to fundraising, reporting, and informal fund activities for the Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Program.  It supercedes AR 608-1, Appendix J

HQDA EXORD 233-19 Army-Wide Implementation of the Soldier and Family Readiness Group Dated 16DEC19 is designed to add clarification of the Army Directive 2019-17.

The Army Regulation that governs all Soldier and Family Readiness Group operations is Army Regulation 608-1, Appendix J

Army Command Policy contains guidance on Army Family readiness at para 5-2, page 48 Army Regulation 600-20 (dated 24 July 2020)

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 SFRG's

*NEW  Fort Carson's new Food Vendor Approval policy allows unit events that are limited in scope, not open to the public, under 300 attendees (or any other SEVA requirement), and has food prepared only by those attending the event to serve food without vendor approvals.  See page 2, para Cof the   Fort Carson GC Policy #7:  Food Vendor Approval

 

 

 

 


 

Resources

Family Readiness Resources:

Fort Carson "Pass It On" weekly newsletter to keep yourself and your SFRG informed!

www.militaryonesource.com

Your Soldier, Your Army is a guide that any Family member will find helpful!

 

Child Resources:

Peak Vista - First Visitor Program

 

Employment Resources for Military Spouses:

The Blue Star Spouse Employment Toolkit can help in translating Military Spouses' Lived Experience into Strong Resumes

 

Visit the Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program at https://carson.armymwr.com/programs/employment-readiness for a multitude of resources to help with your career plan and job search!

 

Deployment

Click here for pre-deployment, deployment, and reunion resources.

Leader's Toolbox for SFRG's

COVID-19 SPECIFIC VIRTUAL CONNECTION RESOURCES

Your SFRG can use the below resources in emails, on social media and in other virtual platforms to set up contests, virtual get-togethers or other SFRG connection activities:

Stay-At-Home Care Package

Free printable board games 

Stay-At-Home Date Night Ideas

Date Night Conversation Starters

Family Dinner Table Topic Talk Cards

Printable Daily Schedule Dial for Kids

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Inventor Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

Book Scavenger Hunt

Five Senses Scavenger Hunt

Math Scavenger Hunt

Doing My Part BINGO

Indoor Scavenger Hunt 2

Healthy Habits Children's Activity Book

Talking With Your Kids About Coronavirus

COVID Timeline Capsule

Fun Match Activities to Do Together When Physically Apart

Coronavirus:  A Book for Children

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

COVID-19 Parental Resource Helping Children Cope

COVID-19 Parent handout:  Talking to Children About COVID

 

Looking for tools to use in operating the SFRG, resources that others have created, or handouts to provide or use at your SFRG events?  Here are some great tools to use:

FRG PLANNING

 

BUILDING THE FRG ROSTER/COMMUNICATION 

 

FRG VOLUNTEERS

Look for complete information on volunteer registration, VMIS, volunteer awards, etc. on the Volunter webpage HERE

 

FRG FUNDS

 

DEPLOYMENT

 

REDEPLOYMENT/REINTEGRATION

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You’re a Priority: Federal Employment for Military Spouses

Sep 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

You’re a Priority: Federal Employment for Military Spouses

Sep 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Toddler Time

Toddler Time Every Thursday 9:30- 11 a.m. Focuses on gross motor enhancement through song and dance; sensory enrichment through arts and crafts; as well as nurturing the child and the parent. For ages 18 months old and up. For more information: (719) 526-4590

Sep 17 9:30 am - 11 am

Center on Fathering

Sep 17 1 pm - 3 pm
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TSP Class

Sep 17 1 pm - 2 pm

Professional Development Series--Career Assessments

Sep 17 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Play Group

Sep 18 10 am - 12 pm

Mountain Post Living Welcome for Spouses and Families

Now on Facebook Live, Fort Carson Army Community Service Facebook.

Sep 18 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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5 Love Languages

Sep 18 11 am - 1 pm

Citizenship Class

Sep 21 1 pm - 4 pm
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Tough Topics

Sep 22 9 am - 10:30 am

Everyday English for Foreign Born Spouses

Sep 22 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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