Mob/Dep is designed to support active and reserve component soldiers and their families. Guidance and assistance to Family Readiness Groups, rear detachment personnel, and families is provided.
All activities promote self-development, self-reliance and resiliency during times of mobilization and deployment and foster teamwork in Family Readiness Groups.
Pre-Deployment Briefings, a major function of Deployment/Mobilization Readiness, are conducted prior to unit departure and handbooks are provided to soldiers and their family members. Homecoming and Reunion orientation and training are coordinated with subject matter experts.
Coping with Separation training is highly recommended and available for spouses experiencing extended periods of separation (deployment, NTC, TDY, etc.).
- Important Resources
Operation READY is a training and information resource developed after the Persian Gulf War from lessons learned and has been updated periodically during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. These materials provide guidance on supporting Soldiers/DA Civilians and Family members through stages of the ARFORGEN cycle process, RESET, Train/Ready and Available.
U.S. Army Deployment Cycle Readiness: Soldier’s and Family Member’s Handbook- Helps families prepare for the phases of the ARFORGEN cycle, providing tips, ideas and resources.
U.S. Army RESET Handbook for Soldiers, DA Civilians, and Family Members- Provides Reintegration tips, ideas and resources for soldier, DA civilians and family members.
U.S. Army Deployment Support Handbook: Children and Youth- This handbook is designed for professionals to learn about the deployment readiness process and the effects on children and youth.
Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)*The SCRA is a federal law that gives all Service members some important protections as they enter active duty and other protections while they are on active duty.
- Family Readiness Groups (FRGs)
The Family Readiness Group (FRG) 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. FRGs help create a climate of mutual support within the unit and community. Basic FRG goals include supporting the military mission through provision of support, outreach, and information to family members. FRGs play an integral part in the Family and Soldier Readiness System (FSRS). FRGs are required to be registered with ACS, with lists of points of contact. These lists are to be updated annually, or as changes occur.
For more details contact Deployment Readiness Program at 760-380-2399.
FRG Training Topics covered include:
- Point of contact training
- Briefing on family support
- Information on fundraising and newsletters
- Building a team
- Maintaining ongoing readiness
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.
Additional FRG Resources
Army Family Readiness Group Leader’s Handbook- Designed to be used by FRG leaders in the Active, Guard, and Reserve Components
FRG Information from ACS Regulation*
*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.*
Unit Service Coordinator (USC) Program
The USC serves as the designated representative to units, thereby providing commanders with an easily identifiable point of contact for responding to soldier and family needs.
The USC is proactive and reaches out to the unit. USCs provide ready access to programs that are designed to prevent crises and increase self-sufficiency and self-reliance among soldiers and family members. As an outreach service delivery method, the USC assists the Commander by increasing unit awareness and understanding of ACS programs and services. The essential elements of the USC Program are: service coordination, assessment and analysis of unit service needs, and marketing of ACS programs and services.
Commander and Rear Detachment Commander (RDC) Information and Resources:
U.S. Army Rear Detachment Commander’s Handbook- Describes how leadership and FRGs individually and in partnership support soldiers and family members through the ARFORGEN cycle process.
U.S. Army RESET Guide for Leaders- Provides leaders a menu of recommendations to guide and motivate soldiers, civilians and their family members through the RESET process.
U.S. Army Leader’s Handbook: Trauma in the Unit- Provides information and guidance to leaders on how to help soldiers, families and military units understand and respond when traumatic events occur.
U.S. Army Care Team Handbook- Provides guidance for Care Team volunteers to understand the Care Team’s role and to learn how to support Families effectively.
- Mobilization/Deployment Family Readiness Training
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