The goal of a Family Readiness Group (FRG) is to establish a network that enables unit members to effectively gather and distribute information, resolve problems, and maintain family mutual support. The FRG is a command-sponsored organization of volunteer family members, civilian employees, service members and other individuals associated with your unit. (FRGs should strive to include all unit members: officer, enlisted and civilian.) The mission of the unit FRG is to:
- Foster knowledgeable and resilient Families- using local resources
- Act as the extension of the unit - Providing official and accurate command information
- Provide family mutual support - Connecting unit families with needed assistance
- Provide the vital link between command and family – Building unit morale and cohesion
- Provide feedback to the command - Closing the loop between command and personnel
- Directly support rear detachments - Ensuring that no one gets left behind or forgotten
The FRG is not an MWR activity. FRG activities are supported through appropriated funds like other Command program. Government Office Space and Equipment is authorized. They may be staffed with volunteers and must be supervised. Volunteer expenses may be paid using appropriated funds and reimbursable expenses must be handled in accordance with local regulations. Use of official mail, vehicles, equipment and spaces may be authorized provided that they are for official use only in support of Unit FRG activities through the commander’s approval.
FRG Designated Office Space
Empower and legitimize your FRG by designing specific office space and equipment for the unit’s family readiness program. Ideally this space (often referred to as the family readiness center- FRC) includes Internet capable computers, telephones, a copier, a scanner, administrative supplies, and bulletin boards with the latest deployment information. A space for FRG meetings and a separate area for children is a plus. The family program staff should be available to meet and assist family members or refer them to the appropriate service agencies. If available, computers should be accessible for family members to send e-mails to deployed members. If your unit has a toll-free phone number, an extension should be located in that office.
FRGs must be organized and structured to be effective. Draft a memorandum and establish standard operating procedures (SOP). There is no set organizational chart or standard that must be followed. The actual organization you choose depends on the need of your unit, the support system, and the needs and desires of its members. A basic FRG structure includes:
- The commander
- A chairperson or coordinator
- A treasurer