Family Readiness Group Training
- Family Readiness Group
The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is organized to provide mutual support for a unit's family members. FRG forms the third component of the Army's family support system during deployment. It operates during periods of normal operations, as well, in close coordination with the affiliated unit and, if convenient, with ACS or the Reserve Component Family Program Coordinator's Office. The FRG also serves as an important source of inspiration, training, and support to empower Army families to increase and enhance their self-reliance.
Goals of the Family Readiness Group: To provide an opportunity for family members to mutually support each other, prevent isolation, provide information, help involve families in unit activities, and refer families to community resources when needed.
The two distinct levels of effort of Family Readiness Groups:
- Activated function - The effort is concentrated around events such as pre-deployment and mobilization, deployment, and the immediate post-deployment periods. FRGs provide support to family members and soldiers by offering information on unit activities and meetings, and referral assistance about community resources. Activities during this level are geared toward helping family members prepare for imminent separation, cope during the separation, and to bond with other family members in the unit.
- Sustaining function - There is a reduced degree of interaction between FRG volunteers and family members as well as within the FRG organization. This period occurs mainly during non-deployment periods. During this period, FRGs continue to update rosters of family member addresses and telephone numbers, continue regular meetings between FRG representatives and unit leaders, and, through group meetings or telephone contacts, provide welcoming, sponsorship, orientation, and networking support for new family members and families in crisis or transition.
- Family Readiness Group Leader
Available for all FRG members. This class will define the tasks FRG Leaders need to conduct when assuming leadership of the unit’s FRG. Other objectives include discussing and providing guidance on the initial issues FRG Leaders face, identifing support resources available to FRG Leaders and defining the role and mission of the FRG. It will review the structure of the FRG operations and highlight how FRGs need to adapt with the changing times
- Family Readiness Group Treasurer
The objectives of this class are to identify resources FRGs need and what resources are available to them, to review the new Army regulation on funding for FRG operations, to discuss the use of the FRG Informal Fund and cover the Treasurer’s responsibilities.
- Family Readiness Group Key Caller
Learn how to set up, maintain and run a phone tree, the benefits of a phone tree along with what to do in the event of a crisis.
- Master Resilience Training (MRT)
Teaching Spouses, Civilians, and Contractors how to handle adversity. Develop critical thinking, knowledge and skills to overcome challenges, mature, and bounce back from adversity. Students will improve their readiness; develop confidence to lead; gain courage to stand up for one’s beliefs; grow compassion to help others; improve communication and listening skills; build stronger relationships; and maximize their potential. This training is all about YOU!
Services are available to all active duty and retired military personnel and their Family Members; members of the Army National Guard and US Army Reserve, when on active duty and during post deployment and their Family members; Army APF and NAF civilian employees, and their Family members; Family members of prisoners of war or personnel missing in action and surviving Family members of military personnel who died while on active duty.
Main Army Community Service
|Monday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Thursday||12 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Friday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
“An FRG is a command-sponsored organization of Soldiers, civilian employees, Family members, and volunteers belonging to a unit.” (Source: AR 608-1, Appendix J)