Family Readiness

“The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families”
–Army Family Covenant, 2007—

Exactly what is a Family Readiness Group (FRG)?

The Family Readiness Group is an official Army program established pursuant to AR 600-20, Army Command Policy. Unit Commanders at all levels are expected to establish and/or support FRG operations. FRGs are typically established at the company level with guidance and support from the battalion commander and his/her staff.

Who are the members of an FRG?

All of a unit’s assigned soldiers (both married and single), DA civilians, and their Families (both immediate and extended)
NOTE: While all of these individuals are automatically members, participation is voluntary.

What is the FRG mission?

  • Act as an extension of the unit in providing official, accurate command information
  • Provide mutual support  between the command and FRG membership
  • Advocate more efficient use of community resources to help families solve the problems at the lowest level

FRG Resources

AR 608-1 Appendix J                       Army Community Service Center (Legal and Operational Guidance)

AR 600-8-1                                          Army Casualty Program

AE Regulation 608-2                       Family Readiness System

AE Regulation 600-8-108             Rear Detachment Command

AE Pamphlet 600-8-108               Family Readiness Support Assistant Guide

USARC Regulation 608-1              Family Readiness Handbook

Army Directive 2007-2                Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) Directive

http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil  Online video tailored  to present at FRG meetings to familiarize Family Members with signs and symptoms of PTSD/MTBI.

Red Cross ‘ “Coping with Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Families”

National Military Family Association

Virtual Family Readiness Group
Offers the functions of an FRG in an online setting to serve the needs of geographically dispersed units/families.

Center for Army “Lessons Learned” (CALL)
Includes FRG resources, CALL Handbook, and Guard and Reserve Family Readiness Toolkit 

FRG Leader’s Toolkit

These are ideas of the tools you might find helpful as an FRG leader. The first two you would need to request from and discuss with the unit commander. The Continuity Book is created by the FRG and maintained by the FRG leader to help future FRG leaders maintain a consistent FRG presence. The FRG leader’s handbook can either be the existing Army wide handbook or your unit can create a unit-specific FRG Leader’s handbook.

  • Breakdown of Unit’s Composition/Mission (what the unit does/who does what)
  • Long Range Training Calendar
  • Continuity Book
  • FRG leader’s handbook

Other Resources

Army Wife Network columns

Field Problem – Motivating & Recognizing Volunteers
Field Problem – Why should I participate in my Family Readiness Group?
Field Problem – Family Readiness Group Fun (aka fund) Raising

Field Problem – Pass to Your Parents

Field Problem – Support Group Revival 101

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