4th Infantry Division
"Assist commanders in maintaining readiness of Soldiers, Families, and communities within the Army by promoting self-sufficiency, resiliency, and stability during peace and war."
For spouses and Family members, the FRG gives a sense of belonging to the unit and the Army community-the Army Family. It provides a way to develop friendships, share important information, obtain referrals to needed Army resources and share moral support during unit deployments. For the long-term, involvement in FRG activities can foster more positive attitudes among Army Families and provide a better understanding of military life, the unit, and its mission.
For Soldiers, peace of mind-Soldiers can be assured that their Family members will be more self-sufficient and will have reliable and friendly support while they are deployed. This peace of mind can help Soldiers focus on their work, perform better, relate better to other Soldiers and be safer while they're on a training or real-world mission.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do I get information about my Soldier during his or her deployment?
a: First, speak to your Soldier. He or she has access to the Family Readiness information prior to deployment. Before your Soldier deploys, ensure they have given the Family Readiness Group (FRG) your contact information. Also, ask your Soldier about important dates for any pre-deployment Family information briefs or pre-deployment fairs. Check with the unit's FRG Leader, Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) or Rear Detachment Commander (RDC) about the ways you can stay connected. Many have newsletters, informational e-mail distribution lists and unit websites. They will also assist you by connecting you to the FRG for your Soldier's unit.
q: I have a problem and would like some assistance solving it. Where can I turn?
a: Start with your Family Readiness Group, Family Readiness Support Assistant or Rear Detachment Commander. They have access to and knowledge of the many resources available. They can refer you to the appropriate agency to help address your problem. Fort Carson Army Community Service, 719-526-4590 or 1-866-804-8763 offers a variety of programs and services designed to support you. Military One Source offers free services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by telephone, 1-800-342-9647 or online, www.militaryonesource.com.
q: As a new military Family Member, how can I find information about life as a military Family?
a: Military One Source is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24 hours a day by telephone and online. Military One Source is available 24/7 by logging onto www.militaryonesource.com or calling 1-800-342-9647.