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Family Readiness Groups


Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) are an integral part of a support service network that bundles key support services such as ombudsmen, Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs), chaplains, school liaison officers and child development centers at the command level. These services provide coordinated support to service members and their families.

Family Readiness Group’s purpose:

  • Prepare members for deployments and homecoming.
  • Provide family support during deployments.
  • Help families adjust to challenges and to support one another in times of personal, unit or area crises.
  • Welcome/mentor members who are new to the Navy lifestyle.
  • Coordinate social events, such as holiday celebrations.

Lasting friendships, the satisfaction of helping others and a sense of pride are all positive results of belonging to a strong FRG. When families of deployed service members know their resources, have fun and can draw on the strength of new friends, coping skills are enhanced and deployment anxiety is reduced. A group that works well promotes a team effort and brings out the best of this challenging lifestyle.

FRG Leadership on Facebook
The FRG Leadership Discussion Group is for FRG elected officers, committee chairs, command-designated liaisons, official board members and FFSC FRG coordinators. Go to FRG Leadership to join.

Family Readiness Group Handbook
The Family Readiness Group Handbook provides FRG leadership information and ideas for establishing and maintaining successful FRGs.

Deployment Support Handbook

The Deployment Support Handbook, developed in 2015, contains resources and information that will help you prepare for deployment, handle the challenges that arise during deployment and successfully adjust during the return and reintegration phase at the end of the deployment.

FRG Training
Family Readiness Groups Leadership training is available through the Fleet and Family Support Center. The topics covered in this 8 hour training provide a solid foundation to newly forming FRGs and provide refresher training to existing FRGs. The training is also available On-Demand.

Policy & Guidance

Ombudsmen and Family Readiness Groups Brochure

The Ombudsmen and Family Readiness Groups Brochure (black and white version) is a quick reference for anyone who wants to understand the differences in roles and responsibilities of each entity.

Templates are provided as a guide to assist in establishing and maintaining your FRG.

FRG Tax Information 

Click here to read important 2020 FRG tax information.
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