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What is the Soldier and Family Readiness Program?
Did you know that the Soldier and Family Readiness Groups (SFRGs) have been around since Revolutionary War days? Families have ALWAYS been an important facet of Military life and yes, SFRGs as we know them to be today have changed a lot since General George Washington was around.
Readiness is based on the smallest unit being prepared, that unit is the individual Soldier. If the Soldier’s Family is not prepared, the Soldier is not prepared. When the unit is not prepared, the Army is unprepared. While the state of being happy, healthy and resilience is a personal responsibility, it is greatly improved when the tools and resources are quickly accessible.
The Soldier and Family Readiness Group is a key component of mission readiness. As a command-sponsored organization, the SFRG is an important entity to network, communicate, support and prepare our Soldiers and Family members for military life. It is critical that EVERY Soldier and Family Member are well-informed and well-prepared.
Family Readiness is defined as Families who are prepared and equipped with the skills and tools to successfully meet the challenges of the military lifestyle. Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Volunteers are an integral part of the planning and preparation that goes into making SFRGs successful.
You see, SFRGs matter and we need you! Spouses, Parents, Children, and Friends you are welcome to join. “Family” is more than just the Family within your household. Family Support may also include friends, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and more.
There are a variety of Volunteer opportunities available both as Official Statutory Volunteers and as Gratuitous (Unofficial) Volunteers which is someone who helps now and then but does not hold a Commander appointed SFRG position.
Statutory Volunteer Positions include:
SFRG Leader, 2-6 hours monthly
Key Callers, 2-4 hours quarterly
Newsletter Chairperson, 6-8 hours quarterly
Treasurer & Alternate Treasurer, 1-4 hours monthly
Gratuitous Volunteer opportunities may include:
Wither you choose to become involved in your Units Soldier and Family Program as a Volunteer or participant, you are a vital part in the success of the Unit and each individual Soldier.
For more information or assistance with connecting to your Unit SFRG program please contact a Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) near you.