Unit Family Readiness is a Commander’s Responsibility and the overall objective of the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) is to assist Commanders in the execution of that responsibility throughout all phases of the deployment cycle. FRSAs provide the Command with a “continuum of care” in Family readiness, coordinating the various resources that exist so that Commands, FRGs, and ultimately Soldiers and Families are as ready as possible for military life.
A Family Readiness Group is an organization of Family Members, volunteers and Soldiers, and Civilian employees. They belong to a unit or organization which provides an avenue of mutual support and assistance. It is a network of communication for the Family Members, the chain of command and other community resources.
The Mission of the Family Readiness Group
- Helping Families become more knowledgeable and self- reliant
- Reducing stress and promoting Soldier and Family Readiness
- Providing an opportunity for Families to meet
- Contributing to the well-being, morale and spirit of the unit
- Coping with common issues and the challenges of military life
Benefits of the FRG
For Family Members, mutual support and care - The FRG provides a connection to the unit through which Families get important infor¬mation, develop friendships, and receive moral support. In feeling con¬nected and supported, Families are more likely to have positive attitudes about military life, the unit, and its mission. The FRG’s efforts to educate and support Families also help Families become more resilient and able to cope with deployments.
For Soldiers, peace of mind - Soldiers can be assured that while they are deployed, the unit has provided an avenue for their Family Members to get reliable information and help when needed. This sup¬port can help reduce Soldiers’ stress and enable Soldiers to focus on the mission.
For commanders, force multiplier — The FRG leader’s feedback, based on the FRG’s connections and contact with Families, enables the command to keep a pulse on Family needs and issues so that command can respond in a timely manner. By being able to communicate with and support Families more effectively, the com¬mand can increase Family Readiness and deployment preparedness.
For the military and civilian communities, an FRG that is able to refer Families to appropriate community service agencies in a timely manner can reduce the oc¬currence of crisis situations. Further, to the extent FRGs can learn about resources available in different communities, military and civilian communities can support Soldiers and Families wherever they live.
For the Army National Guard, successful FRG programs enhance Family Readiness and deployment preparedness, thereby increasing unit readiness for military missions.