Family Readiness Group Deployment Assistant Program

Friday March 23, 2007

What is it? The Army's current deployment posture overwhelmed the resources of Rear Detachments (RD) and Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders. Operating a FRG can be a challenge for volunteers and unit leadership. The significance of a properly operated FRG allows deployed Soldiers to remain mission focused while sustaining their families' well-being.

This new program provides paid administrative assistance to the FRG Leader and Rear Detachment, decreases volunteer stress, and ensures an effective interface between family assistance and family support programs. The FRG Support/Deployment Assistants 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? Family Readiness Group Deployment Assistants (FRGDA) have been funded through a variety of means. Funding is unpredictable, varies among Army commands, and is generally dependent upon the availability of supplemental funds, Global War on Terror, or Operational Tempo dollars.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, Family Programs, will in conjunction with Army Commands and G-3 determine personnel requirements for the Army Concept Plan and resourcing. This concept plan will request authorizations be added to unit organizational tables to standardize requirements across the Army. Requirements will be presented in the Program Objective Memorandum.

Why is this important to the Army? The FRGDAs have proven to be an overwhelming success in lifting much of the administrative and logistical burden off of our overburdened volunteer FRG leaders. The FRGDA lend a consistency to the unit FRG and RD team.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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"We are an Army at War. We will continue to field the best trained, best equipped, and best led Army the world has ever seen. We will not lose our focus on our duty: to support our Soldiers in combat; to support our other Soldiers performing vital missions at home and abroad and to honor our commitment to care for our fallen comrades and their families ... for however long ... and ... in whatever capacity that care may be needed." -Acting Secretary of the Army,The Honorable Pete Geren, said during the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Command and Staff Address, 12 March 2007.

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