FRG’s are an important and needed aspect of the military world. Among numerous tasks that an FRG does one of the most important is provide support to the families of deployed soldiers’. When a soldier is deployed they have very important missions to complete, knowing that their families have a strong support system state side allows them to focus on their mission and stay safe.
Here is a brief overview of the basics for a FRG. This FRG 101 article is the first of a series in progress which I hope will help others understand why a FRG is crucial, how it functions, runs, and what their goals are.
What is a FRG? – A Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a group of volunteers which provides a support system to soldiers’ and military families, especially during deployments.
Who can participate in a FRG? – Anyone within the community who wants to support soldiers and their family.
Is their leadership in a FRG? – The FRG has an Executive Board which consists of those that hold “Official Volunteer Positions”. Official volunteer positions are generally elected but in certain situations can be appointed my military command. Official positions include President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The FRG and the Executive Board is overseen by the unit’s FPAO (Family Program Action Officer) which is an assigned solider within that unit along with the unit’s Commander.
What does a FRG do? – The FRG does many important things which will be discussed in further depth in the next part of this series. The FRG’s main goal is to provide a support system. Family members need to have a system to turn to when they are in need while their solider is oversees or away from home. The FRG also holds informational meetings, support meetings, care package drives, family outings, Holiday events, fundraising events, pre-deployment briefings, and post-deployment briefings. The FRG’s are also an important part in the planning of the deployment ceremonies and the homecoming ceremonies. These are just a handful of tasks the FRG performs.
Over the years of working within the FRG at many different levels I can tell you the extreme importance of this group. Not only are the soldiers serving this country proudly and strong, so are their families!