Family Readiness Definition and Mission

The Family Readiness Group (FRG), formerly known as the Family Support Group (FSG), is a concept that had early roots among Army families, who banded together during war or tours overseas or other isolated locations, to provide information, moral support, and social outlets to their members. The Army focused sharply on family readiness as a result of lessons learned during the 1990–1991 Gulf War. On 1 June 2000, the Department of the Army renamed it Family Readiness Group to emphasize the need for readiness and self-sufficiency among Army families in the modern Army.

Paraphrasing DA Pamphlet 608-47, the FRG is “an organization of family members, volunteers, soldiers, and civilian employees belonging to a unit/organization who together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance and a network of communication among the members, the chain of command, and community resources.” Unit FRGs consist of all assigned and attached soldiers (married and single), their spouses, and children. This membership is automatic, and participation is voluntary. Extended families, fiancées, boy/girlfriends, retirees, DA civilians, and even interested community members can and should be included, as well.

The FRG mission is “to assist commanders in maintaining readiness of Soldiers, families, and communities within the Army by promoting self-sufficiency, resiliency, and stability during peace and war.”

  Family Readiness Goals

The FRG may fill important roles, including:

  • Build Soldier and family cohesion and morale

  • Prepare Soldiers and families for separation during deployments and reunions

  • Reduce Soldier and family stress

  • Help families become more self-sufficient

  • Provide an avenue for sharing timely, accurate information

  • Promote better use of installation and community resources


  Family Readiness Group POC

Please contact the 5th BCD FRG Liaison at (808) 448-1312

  Family Readiness Links

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As the senior liaison unit for the Commander, United States Army Forces (ARFOR) operating in the Pacific theater to the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for the United States Pacific Command, the 5th BCD facilitates the integration of air power with ARFOR ground operations through the coordination of air support and the exchange of operational and intelligence information. The BCD ensures that the JFACC and 613th Air Operations Center (AOC), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, are aware of the ARFOR Commander's intent, scheme of maneuver, and requirements for air support.


COL Charles D. Mills

COL Charles D. Mills