What is an FRG?
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.
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What is the Unit
Commander's role in the FRG?
The Army Command Policy 600-1 (Feb. 2006) and The Army
Leader's Desk Reference for Soldier/Family Readiness
provides specific guidance for the command roles.
Additional material is provided in the Pre-Command Course &
other FRG related Trainings.
Command Sergeant Majors
What is the role of
The FRG leader should be a person in a non-deployable
status, preferably a spouse. Often, the FRG leader is the
commander's spouse, though not always. Any spouse in the
unit who is willing and able to lead the efforts of the FRG
can serve as FRG leader. The commander may select the
leader, or the leader may be elected by the FRG membership.
Either way, the commander prepares and signs appointment
orders for the leader. However, after the FRG leader is
selected, he or she needs to obtain the proper training.
The Army Leaders' Desk Reference for Soldier/Family
Readiness defines the FRG Leader roles as:
- Supports the commander's family readiness goals
- Provides overall leadership of the FRG
- Recruits other volunteers to serve on FRG committees
- Delegates FRG responsibilities to selected
volunteers as committee chairpersons, or presides over
- Serves as a member of the battalion-level steering
- Identifies needs or unique problems of unit families
- Acts as unit FRG spokesperson for communicating
family members' concerns and ideas to the unit commander
and, if needed, the battalion-level FRG leader
The FRG 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 families in the
unit. Consult the Fort Hood FRG Leaders Handbook for other
typical volunteer positions.
Additional information is also discussed in the FRG
Leader Essentials and FRG Leader Advanced Courses.
What is the Role of
Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA)?
The Family Readiness Group Assistant Program (FRGAP) is a
link between Soldiers, families, Family Readiness Groups and
Their job is to assist the command in properly and
effectively responding to soldier and family needs by:
- Providing information and referrals to families who
need assistance to the appropriate
- Scheduling and coordinating training
- Assisting in establishing and updating FRG rosters
- Working with the Rear Detachment Commanders to
provide FRG leaders with timely and accurate information
- Providing assistance with the preparation of
pre-deployment, sustainment and reunion activities
- Assisting with FRG newsletters and websites
- Helping to lighten the volunteer load
Learn about other FRG Key Roles. Find
Out About The Integrated FSN
What are the requirements
for FRG's Inspections?
An inspection conducted by a detailed IG, oriented toward
the identification of problems, determination of their root
causes, development of possible solutions, and assignment of
responsibilities for correcting the problems. Generally, IG
inspections focus on issues rather than on units. The scope
and content are determined by the commander to whom the
inspector general is assigned (CG, III Corps). The Corps IG
serves as the proponent of the III Corps' ORA Program
(Organizational Readiness Assessment).
Appendix J of AR 608-1 was released in December of 2006.
Appendix J outlines FRG Roles and functions; resources
available to FRGs; fundraising guidelines, donations; and
the budget process. Anyone looking for guidance or answers
to FRG-related matters should refer to Appendix J or the
Commander or Ethics Counselor.
Operation R.E.A.D.Y (Resources for Educating About
Deployment and You) is a training resource which was
developed after the Persian Gulf War from lessons learned in
deployment. ACS provides the following OPREADY-based
FRG Essentials Course
Provides information on the Soldier/Family Readiness Group
and how to effectively run the organization.
FRG Advanced Workshop
Designed to follow the FRG Essentials course, the focus will
be on the more difficult challenges the FRG may encounter
during the cycles of deployment.
Key Caller Training
Designed to provide training in Key Caller duties,
communicating with Family members, dispelling rumors,
handling crisis calls, etc. It also shows Key Callers how
they fit into a successful FRG.
Designed for FRG Leaders, Treasurers, Command
representatives and anyone else who manages FRG money. It
covers the various funds available and details the types of
purchases that can be made with each fund.
The refresher course is a quick overview of changes that
affect FRGs due to Appendix J. It covers updated
demographics for the Army and policies on budgets and
fundraising and is geared toward seasoned FRG Leaders. Its
purpose is mainly to reach FRG Leaders who have attended
training in past years and provide current materials.
FRG Forum and Expo
The FRG Expo meets the requirements for FRG key leader
in-processing. Information on FRG "hot topics" and templates
for mandatory SOP's will be provided. The FRG Forum is a
venue for FRG Leaders and Family Readiness Group members to
discuss current FRG issues or concerns and to explore
Deployment Readiness Activities:
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