STAND TO!

Edition: Tue, August 09, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

In order to recruit and retain America's finest, we are working hard to provide Soldiers with the best training, pay, housing, workplaces, medical care, and family support. (Transcript)

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

VIRTUAL FAMILY READINESS GROUPS

On October 1, 2005, the Army will implement virtual Family Readiness Groups (vFRG). The vFRG is more than just a website containing Army information. It is a web-system, with many sub-systems enabling units to maintain different types of data, reports, and communication features.

The intent of this new program is to support and improve how information is passed to families when Soldiers are deployed. The program will not replace the physical Family Readiness Groups, but will enhance them by allowing geographically dispersed families to participate.

Functions of the virtual Family Readiness Groups will include:
- News and information relating to your FRG and unit
- Instant messaging
- Forums and discussion groups
- Post cards
- File, document and photo sharing
- A unit vFRG locator
- Emergency family plans
- Phone trees and organization charts
- Dedicated kids and teen areas
- Blogs
- A training tracker
- Family readiness metrics for the unit commander

Units can sign up to participate in the virtual Family Readiness Groups at www.armyfrg.org.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Army Policy on Proper Use of Non-DoD Contract

The assistant secretaries of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and for Financial Management and Comptroller have established the Army policy for reviewing and approving the use of non-DoD contract vehicles.

This policy applies to:
- Procurement of supplies or services on or after January 1, 2005.
- Amounts greater than the simplified acquisition threshold (typically $100,000).

Click here to read the full policy.
Click here to review the FAQs.
Click here to learn about training opportunities for this policy.

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