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Family Readiness Support Assistant Program

What is it? 
Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSAs) are a component of the commander’s unit Family readiness program. This program is supervised by the unit commander or his designee and provides paid administrative assistance and logistical support to the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader and Rear Detachment Commander (RDC), decreases volunteer stress, and ensures an effective interface between Family assistance and Family support programs. The FRSAs do not replace the volunteer FRG leaders, but rather provide administrative/logistical assistance to the volunteer leaders, allowing them to concentrate their efforts in assisting Families.

What has Army done? 
The Director of Force Management approved the concept plan to place 1,029 FRSAs in deployable Active, Guard and Reserve battalions. In July 2007, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army authorized and approved $45 Million to fund FRSAs for all components.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Supplemental Funding has been authorized for FRSA positions to support Active, Guard and Reserve. Commands will be centrally funded with supplemental Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) dollars until the requirements and authorizations compete in the POM (FY 10).

Why is this important to the Army? 
The Army’s deployment posture has overwhelmed the resources of RDC and FRG leaders. Although spouse volunteer leaders have used a variety of strategies to share the workload, the nature of the Expeditionary Army makes running FRGs a daunting task. The FRSAs have proven to be an overwhelming success in the administrative and logistical burden of volunteer FRG leaders. The FRSA lends easing consistency to the unit FRG and Rear Detachment team.

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