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Soldier and Family Readiness

  • SFRG Workshops

    SFRG Workshops

  • Command Family Readiness Representative (CFRR) Academy

    Command Family Readiness Representative (CFRR) Academy

  • SFRG Informal Fund Custodian Training

    SFRG Informal Fund Custodian Training

  • SFRG Key Contact Training

    SFRG Key Contact Training

  • SFRG Management Training

    SFRG Management Training

  • SFRG Resource Overview

    SFRG Resource Overview

  • CARE Team Training

    CARE Team Training

  • Auditing Your SFRG Informal Fund

    Auditing Your SFRG Informal Fund

  • Portable Class Delivery

    Portable Class Delivery

Fort Carson Army Community Service is here to serve the Soldier and Family Readiness community of SFRG members, volunteers, Command Family Readiness Representatives (CFRRs) and commanders/Rear Detachment commanders.

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Soldier and Family Readiness

What is Soldier and Family Readiness?

 

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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. 

Soldier & Family Readiness Groups (SFRGs)

 

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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.

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.

Roles within the SFRG

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Commanders:

The commander serves as the Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Leader.  Army Command Policy 600-20 (24 JUL 2020) and The Army Leader’s Desk Reference for Soldier/Family Readiness provides specific guidance for the command roles. Additional material is provided in the SFRG Command Team Training.  

  • Commander
  • First Sergeant
  • Command Sergeant Major

Command Family Readiness Representative (CFRR):

The CFRR serves as the commander's representative to ensure the free flow of information and support between the unit leadership, its volunteer base, and unit personnel to include Family members.  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. 
  • Monitors and maintains oversight of the Command Soldier and Family Readiness Program. 

CFRR duties are assigned by the commander. 

The Senior Command Family Readiness Representative (SCFRR) at Bn and Bde level provides assistance to subordinate CFRRs and facilitates the free flow of information regarding Soldier and Family readiness to and from the brigade/battalion command teams and steering committees.  The SCFRR serves as a point of contact to ensure subordinate units receive the necessary support from brigade and battalion and provides advice to the brigade/battalion command teams regarding Soldier and Family readiness related issues.  

ACS offers a CFRR Academy where CFRR's can complete all required training for the position. 

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 Soldier's and Families in the unit. 

 

Policies and Regulations that Govern SFRGs

 

FORSCOM OPORD CORPS and MSC ISO Soldier/Family Readiness Group Program dated 30OCT20 Establishes FORSCOM guidance for the unit SFRG program.  Some highlights from this OPORD include the requirement for CFRRs at the brigade and below level, the establishment of the commander as the SFRG Leader and will not further delegate this responsibility; establishes the CFRR position as a non-deployable additional duty; requires appointment orders for all personnel with a functional role (with the exception of the commander and SFRSA); requires the CFRR will not be assigned other additional duties; and, establishes the required training for CFRRs.

Fort Carson and 4ID SFRG Program DMO establishes local policy/guidance in response to FORSCOM OPORD 30OCT20.

Army Directive 2019-17 (Changes to the Soldier and Family Readiness Group Program).  Dated 01APR19.  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 supersedes 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.

Legal Information Papers for SFRGs:

*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, "Unit/Agency Events" of the   Fort Carson GC Policy #7:  Food Vendor Approval

 

 

Leaders Toolbox for SFRGs

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:

Soldier and Family Readiness - Starting Fresh

 

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Command Family Readiness Representative (CFRR)
Building the SFRG Roster/Communication Plan

Communicating online through social media platforms

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SFRG Volunteers

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

SFRG Informal Funds
SFRG Meeting and Event Planning

VIRTUAL CONNECTION RESOURCES!

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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.

 

SFRG Resources

Community Support

Employment Resources for Military Spouses:

 

Children
Deployment

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

DEPLOYMENT

REDEPLOYMENT/REINTEGRATION

Single Soldier

 

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS):

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program represents the voice of the single Soldier.  If you're a single Soldier,  the BOSS triad advocates for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation and in the barracks to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army.  "Let Your Voice Be Heard"   BOSS 

Fort Carson BOSS Facebook Page

Military OneSource - Resources for Single Service Members: You’re unattached and ready to explore. Military OneSource has pooled together items of interest for single service members in search of recreation.

Your Soldier, Your Army is a guide that any parent of a Service Member will find helpful!

 

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Play Group

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Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Class

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