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Family Readiness Groups / Mobilization & Deployment

The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-sponsored organization of Family Members, volunteers and Soldiers.

Together they provide mutual support and assistance creating a network of communication between Family Members, the Chain of Command and community resources.

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Army Community Service is looking for individuals who are interested in taking on such a task. FRGs help create a climate of mutual support within the unit and community. FRGs play an integral part in the Family and Soldier Readiness System (FSRS).

How we can help

The Mobilization, Deployment, and Support Stability Operations (MDSSO) helps support community readiness during deployments and emergencies. We help make sure installation programs align with unit deployment cycles, provide pre- and post-deployment support, and help unit Commanders with their Family Readiness plans and deployment support services for Service Members and their Families. We’re responsible for operating an Emergency Family Assistance Center in the case of an all-hazards event, and supporting Service Members and Families during Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) and Repatriation. We also act as a case manager for all requests for assistance through the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS).

Some of our resources include:

  • Pre- and Post-Deployment Support: Helps prepare Soldiers and Families for deployments and reintegration by providing trainings and resources throughout the deployment cycle in a variety of settings.
  • Family Readiness Groups: Designed to make sure Families have information they need and develop a military support group while their Soldier is deployed. Virtual Family Readiness Groups also provide secure environments in which the Commander can communicate directly with Soldiers and Families 24 hours a day, no matter where they are.
  • Emergency Family Assistance: Your link to continuous support and assistance as well as authoritative and accurate information in a sensitive, timely, and effective manner.
  • Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS): Ensures all Army personnel and their dependents are accounted for during emergency situations.
  • NEO/Repatriation: We help the State Department help those who have been displaced after national emergencies and disasters.

For more information on Mobilization, Deployment, and Support Stability Operations support in your community, contact your local Army Community Service office and ask for the Mobilization and Deployment program manager or specialist.

Other helpful links:

  • Operation READY: “READY” stands for “Resources for Educating About Deployment and You.” It’s a training and information resource developed from lessons learned in the Persian Gulf War and used in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) / Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The training covers learning about the types of military separation, planning and preparing personal documents, and completing family financial arrangements.
  • Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2): Provides hands-on training and self-development tools so that members of the Army Family are better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations, and thrive in life.
  • Taking Care of Business: This video shares information that helps deploying Soldiers make necessary arrangements to ensure that loved ones will be taken care of if the worst happens. It explains which forms and documents to complete before deploying to ensure that final wishes are observed.
The Family Member

Unit FRGs foster a sense of belonging to the unit and community. FRGs provide an opportunity for Families to develop friendships while they gain information about the unit and community. FRGs provide information and referrals and, share support during deployments. Through successful FRG efforts, many spouses have developed a more positive attitude toward themselves, a better understanding of why deployments are necessary and a better understanding of the Army mission to maintain readiness.

The Soldier

FRGs provide support that communicates integrity of care as an open and honest method of communication. FRGs allow Soldiers to trust in that care, which enables them to concentrate on the mission at hand and to have the emotional readiness to carry out that mission. FRGs help develop a confidence in Soldiers that Family members will receive reliable and friendly support when the Soldier is away. FRGs can be a meaningful stabilizer for Soldier performance in the unit.

The Unit Commander

FRGs have valuable resources available to assist in developing resilient Families that are better able to cope and function in times of separation or crisis. A unit FRG offers increased levels of confidence, commitment and a sense of well-being among Soldiers and Family members. A well functioning FRG can minimize Family distractions conserving the unit commanders' time and resources for military purposes. FRGs can help Families overcome problems that are likely to impact adversely on Soldier performance.


FRG Training offered:

  • Rear Detachment Commander Training
  • Overview of Rear Detachment Role Trauma in the Unit
  • RDC Tasks in The Deployment Cycle Care Team
  • RDC Roles in Unit Casualty Battlemind Training for Spouses
  • Working with the Family Support Network How to Work with Families
  • Crisis Intervention

Mobilization & Deployment offers the following Family Readiness Group Training:

  • Building Your FRG - Getting Started FRG Fund Custodian - Money Matters/Fund Raising
  • Building Your FRG - Working With Volunteers Leadership for Effective FRGs
  • Building Your FRG - Preparing to Contact Soldiers Pre-Deployment Financial Planning and Families
  • Children and Deployment Reintegration - Reunion for Families and Soldiers
  • Coping with Separation Running an Effective FRG - Communication
  • Effective FRG - Special Events The FRG - Bringing It All Together
  • Family Readiness Group Overview
  • Financial Planning for the Future other training available upon request!