Army Family Team Building

Level III

Family Readiness Group Leadership

Getting Started
You are arriving at a new unit and have been appointed the FRG leader. This unit already has an FRG established.

or
You have been appointed the FRG leader and the unit is trying to establish an FRG.

What do you need to think about? What do you need to get from the unit? What would you put on your list as things to do?

2006/7

3.10 Handout

5-1

Army Family Team Building

Level III

Getting Started (Answer Key)
Meet with the Commander Discuss command policy and philosophy of FRGs Discuss implementation of unit readiness goals/plans Get to know him/her Establish guidelines and expectations Read over the unit FRG SOP Find out when the unit steering committee meets Meet with the FRG Liaison/ Assistant Exchange phone numbers Talk strategies Find out how to interface with this person Establish respective duties and responsibilities Establish contact with senior spouse leader Exchange phone numbers Talk strategies Find out expectations of your position Rosters of FRG members Get a copy of most up-to-date roster Ask how you find out arrivals and departures Get a copy of the unit’s newcomer’s information sheet Obtain names, addresses, phone numbers of spouses Determine where families live Know which spouses don’t want to be contacted on a regular basis Phone tree Get copy of current FRG phone tree Make sure there are enough key callers Call key callers to establish contact and discuss duties and purposes of phone trees Get copy of past training sessions or plan a training session Recruit and assign additional key callers if needed

2006/7

3.10 Handout

5-2

Army Family Team Building

Level III

Unit newsletter Get copy of most current newsletter and find out how often it gets published Read to see format and types of articles Meet with the FRG newsletter editor Talk to contributors and outline what should be covered in articles Research distribution families FRG informal fund Ask if FRG has one, where is the bank account, what is the balance Meet with treasurer Find out last time audited Determine how FRG spends the money Get list of community agencies Meet agency representatives and find out their duties Make a list of ‘Must Have” references to direct calls to the appropriate agency Determine which situations to alert commander/senior spouse Start a log book of all calls Get a notebook to keep track of all calls FRG meetings Find out when FRG meets, day and time, how often Send out notices to spouses Set an agenda Determine other needs: location, refreshments, child care Activities and events Ask what has been done in the past; what is planned for the future Find out: what it cost; who provided funds; what committees and their members Determine who the audience is Read After Action Reports Determine fund raising events (when, where, what, local policy, etc.) Recognition Determine if there is a written recognition plan established Find out: what kind of awards have been given, who has received them and what the unit policy is on awards Establish informal recognition plan Trauma in the unit Determine role of FRG Establish support mechanisms in the FRG: meals, child care
2006/7
3.10 Handout

5-3