Family Readiness Groups Get New Name, Focus
The Army is changing the name of its Family Readiness Groups in an effort to better connect soldier readiness to the military family, according to a recently published Army directive.
The groups are now called Soldier and Family Readiness Groups, and they remain a unit commander’s program for soldiers, Army civilians, immediate and extended family members and volunteers. The goal is to ensure the groups are inclusive of all personnel, including single soldiers and their families.
In the groups’ first major update since the first Gulf War, as outlined in Army Directive 2019-17, the Army secretary reshaped the Soldier and Family Readiness Group program to focus on providing official and accurate command information; connecting soldiers and families to the chain of command; providing a support network; and connecting soldiers and families to community resources.
The move shifts the groups away from social activities and fundraising to communicating, connecting, sharing information and providing a “critical link” between commanders and their soldiers and families, according to the Army.