Family Readiness Group
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.
What is the role of FRG Leader?
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 their elections
Serves as a member of the battalion-level steering committee
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 community resources.
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 installation/community resources
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.
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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 trainings:
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
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 solutions.
Deployment Readiness Activities:
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