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Communicating During Deployment: 18 Important Tips

The key for any relationship to be healthy is communication. It doesn’t matter if it is a client – business, boss – employee, parent – child or husband – wife, communicating is what keeps the relationship strong, and non-communication can destroy it. There are also multiple forms of communication; it doesn’t always have to be …

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10 Important Pre-Deployment Considerations

On nearly every deployment, there are soldiers, officers and spouses always saying, “Why didn’t I do this?” There is nothing easy about deploying. For the new soldier just leaving to Basic Training, or the experienced officer being deployed with his unit on a tour to Afghanistan. Something will be forgotten. It never fails. While it …

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Remembering And Helping The Widows

Julie was full of happiness. She had just spent the last 15 minutes on Skype with Jake. Jake and Julie had wed 4 years ago just before he entered basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. For the past 8 months, Jake was stationed in a volatile area of Afghanistan. Julie found herself nervous and …

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Family Readiness Groups: Are They All That They Can Be? by Lauren McBride

Most units do not place enough emphasis on their Family Readiness Group, nor is it ran effectively.  In most cases, there is minimal participation, the group is boring, and it becomes a “check the box” activity that people are doing, but don’t really want to do.  Even worse, some units don’t even have an FRG! At …

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Army Family Readiness Group Leader: An Overview

Today, I want to provide you an overview about the Family Readiness Leader.  I thought the best way to begin this post is with a quote. “The old saying about the Army family, “If the Army wants you to have a family, they’ll issue you one!” is no longer operative in today’s Army. And the …

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Army Family Readiness Group: A Brief History

We spend a lot of time on this website talking about leadership development and Army specific topics (not always beneficial for civilians unless they are interested in learning about the Army). There is one component that encompasses civilians, more so than anything else, and it is called the Family Readiness Group. How exactly did the …

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How to Prepare Your Family for an Army Deployment

Whether you are serving in the National Guard, Army Reserves or on Active Duty there is a good chance that you will deploy multiple times during your career.  If you are single, you only have yourself to worry about, but if you are married or have dependents, there are certain things you should do to …

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Deployment Survival Tips for National Guard Spouses

Deployments are now a common thing in the Army National Guard.  Since the September 11th Terrorist Attacks, many ARNG Soldiers have been deployed one or more times.  If your spouse is currently serving in the ARNG or USAR, there’s a good chance they could get deployed in the future.  In the event that happens, I …

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How to Deal with Family Stress from Military Life

Stress is a normal part of most people’s lives.  Of course, not all stress is bad.  But some stress can negatively affect your health and damage or destroy your relationships, especially if left untreated.  When it comes to military life, there are many things that can cause family stress.  Several examples include deployments, time away …

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Family Readiness Group

As a Company Commander, one of your mandatory requirements is to establish a unit Family Readiness Group, also known as a FRG. The purpose of the Family Readiness Group is to provide a support channel for spouses, loved ones, and family members; especially during a deployment. The Family Readiness Group normally has monthly or quarterly meetings. …

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