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This week I’m starting a new blog series all about the FRG, aka family readiness group.
So What’s the Family Readiness Group
For those of you that are new to the Army or Navy the Family Readiness Group is a commander led program with the main purpose being to disseminate information to family members about soldiers and troop movement. They usually operate at the company or battalion level. Other branches have the same programs but they’re called Key Spouse program in the Air Force, the Family Readiness program in the Marine Corps and the Work-Life program in the Coast Guard.
That’s the most basic textbook definition of what the Family Readiness Group is. More often than not, the FRG does so much more. They plan social events, provide guidance and can even become support systems.
Who Operates the FRG
There’s typically a key volunteer appointed by the commander who holds the title of FRG Leader. In many units this is the spouse of the commander, though in the modern military this happens less and less. Either the spouses have a full-time job and don’t have the time, the commander doesn’t have a spouse, or the spouse is just not interested in volunteering on that level within the unit. With these cases the FRG Leader is typically the spouse of a senior NCO or one of the other officer’s spouses.
Other volunteers that work within the FRG with “official” roles are key callers and the treasurer. The treasurer is in charge of the informal fund account (more on that later in the blog series!). The Key callers, also known as Point of Contacts, assist in disseminating information and roster call downs.
Non official volunteers do everything from participate in potlucks, man fundraiser tables, pick up pizzas… the list goes on and on. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the FRG and without them, it really couldn’t work.