What is it? The Army National Guard (ARNG) values the support and dedication of our families across the country. Family Readiness Programs on the national, state, local, and unit level benefit service members and their families and have a positive impact on Soldier and Family morale and readiness. One of the many ways that Family Readiness Groups help families is to make sure that they learn about the many events, services, and programs available to them. Unlike earlier decades, when families were structured more traditionally, the concept of family has been expanded and redefined to include friends, stepfamilies, employers, communities, and basically anyone who cares about a Soldier.
What has the Army done? Recent activities that affect ARNG families include:
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Family Readiness Groups continue to support the Soldier prior to and after deployment as well as during times of family separation. The ARNG remains committed to support the family of the deployed Soldier throughout the deployment cycle.
Why is this important to the Army? Family readiness is not an option; it is an essential part of our mission. The Army National Guard has identified an absolute need for an aggressive Family Readiness Program, a program that is not merely delegated, but embraced by Commanders at every level. Every Soldier needs a support structure and a network of protection that includes self readiness, within a circle of family readiness, within a circle of unit and community readiness, within the larger enclosures of state and national support.
Click on the following links for the National Guard Family Program Online Community, the Guard Family Team Building website, Army Families Online, National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), and the National Military Family Association.