IMT launches Family readiness website
January 13, 2012
Members of the Initial Military Training Center of Excellence Family now have an online resource to connect with each other. IMT launched a family readiness website Jan. 13, designed as a one-stop area that links cadre, Family members and civilians to resources, information and communication channels designed to promote well-being.
"Family readiness ranks as my number one priority," said Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, Deputy Commanding General of IMT, noting the unique stressors that IMT Families experience. "The training mission is habitually executed by under-strength units, resulting in an unexpectedly high-operational tempo comparable to deployed units, which can make it difficult for cadre to balance the demands of work and Family."
The website blends technology and personal contact so that users can learn from and support each other, said Beverly Nicholson, IMT Family Readiness Program Manager.
"The focus of the website is to create a mechanism for members of our IMT Family -- the cadre, their family members and civilians -- to gain information that can impact quality of life," she said. "IMT members don't deploy. But, their work environment mimics the hours of being deployed. So from the new IMT member to the member who is 'old-hat' to the IMT world, this website can assist with managing expectations and being aware of what programs and services are available so they can maintain strength and resiliency, and become self-reliant."
In addition to resource links, the site features a section that spotlights an IMT brigade. Of particular distinction is an area that provides an opportunity to share best practices, such as a better way of implementing means to enhance quality of life.
"One of the tenets of our Family readiness program is that our Family members are cared for and confident their needs are supported by quality programs," Nicholson said. "This new website is an outward extension of that and all in the spirit of us continuing to recognize that Families are the strength of our Soldiers."
The IMT Family readiness website is located at www.tradoc.army.mil/dcgimt/IMT-FR.htm.