By Jennifer Alfonso (Leonard Wood)March 9, 2018
Family Readiness Groups, or FRGs, were originally known as coffee groups and were formed during the Revolutionary War to support family members during combat.
In the early 1980s, FRG's were formally acknowledged by the Army and named Family Support Groups. The program was primarily designed to provide a place where families of deployed service members could join together to assist one another.
Along with providing aid at home, families would support their deployed counterparts directly by means of medical assistance, clothing repair and care teams.
FRG's were initially only in function during war, and later evolved into a year-round program.
As time went on, the program was named the Family Readiness Group, with the ideal of constant readiness, for Soldier and family.
The historic foundations of the program are still present today, but the mission has changed and differs with each organization.
Each FRG has a specific mission that is dictated by the needs of the organization. Members include all service members assigned to the unit and families, civilian employees and volunteers.
Fort Leonard Wood FRGs are mandated by Army, Department of Defense and Fort Leonard Wood regulations.
The FRG mission, when implemented properly, can provide an avenue to spouses for a better transition into military life, create friendships, provide insight into their service member's occupation and give them a purpose beyond daily activities.