Understanding and ENJOYING the FRG

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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.

Make sure you check back often to get all the information you need on the Family Readiness Group!  Ever wonder who does what in the FRG?  To find out how to join the Family Readiness Group, Click Here.

Understanding and Enjoying the FRG

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15 thoughts on “Understanding and ENJOYING the FRG

  1. I’m all about a sense of community. I’m so glad to hear this takes place. My uncles were all in the military. Thank you for your service!!

  2. I haven’t heard of FRG but it is great knowing that there is a supportive group like this. That is always important and a great way to know that there are others going through the same situation. FRG has a great purpose.

  3. I never knew about the FRG but it sounds like a wonderfully helpful and supportive way of building a community and getting important information out!

  4. I don’t come from a military family, so I’m completely clueless when it comes to these organizations. However, I did some research and I think what you are doing is amazing, and I’m sure it is greatly appreciated.

  5. No one in my family has been in the military since my grandfather was in before I was born. I hadn’t heard about this but it sounds like an awesome group and way to meet others and get your info. My FIL was in the Army for 27 years, I’ll bet my husband and MIL know all about these!
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  6. I grew up in a military family but I didn’t have any awareness about the FRG. I’m sure my mom & other family members who did a lot of volunteering were more familiar with the FRG and its usefulness. And now I know too.

  7. Such a great basic definition of the FRG, so many people have a negative view of the FrG but don’t fully understand it’s purpose. I’m looking forward to reading more posts about it!

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