The mission of the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) is to maintain the continuity and stability of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) as units undergo changes in volunteers and leadership. Operationally, the FRSA provides administrative and logistical support to commanders, rear detachment commanders, and volunteer FRG leaders. Taking the administrative burden off the volunteers allows FRG leaders to concentrate on performing outreach to Soldiers and their Family in the command, thus preserving stability on the home front, during periods of deployment as well as peace time.
While your service member is packing their baby wipes & bug spray for JRTC, how will you be preparing you and your family for this extended separation? There are ways that you can help prepare your family so that the time at JRTC will be less stressful.
• Make sure your service member has informed their employer about the extended military training. “Your SM has the right to be reemployed in their civilian job if they leave that job to perform service in the uniformed service”…but they must ensure that their employer is given advanced written or verbal notice of this service.
• Talk to your family about Operations Security (OPSEC). OPSEC is basically those things that we do to prevent or limit the ability of an adversary to gather information on us. Children should also be aware of OPSEC. Here is a YouTube video that may help https://youtu.be/nQZyHOXkoqU
• Set up auto-pay for any recurring bills or make sure you have access to paying your service member’s bill (ie. Banking passwords, checkbooks, etc.) This is the easiest way to make sure that you bills will be paid while your soldier is at JRTC. There is a budgeting worksheet that you can find www.MilitaryOneSource.mil
• Review and update contact info and important documents. Yes, yes, this is super boring, but trust me if there is an emergency you will be very happy that you did this. Store all original documents in one SECURE location and make copies to have easily on hand. In my experience having an Emergency Binder is your best friend. Keep your copies in a 1.5 or 2 inch binder and have them sectioned by dependent (one section for the service member, a second for the spouse, and a section for each kiddo). Things you may want to consider keeping copies of in this binder: birth certificates, social security cards, info about your home, vehicles, pets and medical records.
Remember, your local Family Assistance Specialist, Family Readiness Group Leadership and the Family Programs Office will also have access to resource materials that you may find useful during this time. Not sure who to contact? Visit http://www.ngfamily.vt.gov/ for more contact info. Good Luck during JRTC!
Family Readiness Training Information
Michaela will be offering the following trainings in February / March (contact Michaela at 802-338-4317 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days. She also has availability most Monday and Tuesday evenings after 5:30 pm.
Overview of Key Caller Role/Phone Tree Caller training
This training will consist of two modules:
• Overview of Key Caller Role discussion points – Purpose of the FRG Phone Tree, Key Caller’s Responsibilities, How to prepare for the role, key caller’s resources and tips for success
• Phone Tree Caller Training goes into the topics listed below in much finer detail. Topics that will be discussed will be How the phone tree works, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sample Script, Dealing with people in Crisis, and Sample phone tree log.
Social Media for Units
This module is designed to give the volunteer a more thorough look into the National Guard Social Media Policy, General OPSEC/Privacy Tips and Social Media Resources.
Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies, and Traditions
The learner will understand and exhibit appropriate behavior in accordance with proper military customs, courtesies and protocol in daily military life leading to personal satisfaction and a sense of belonging.
Candice will be offering the following trainings in February / March (contact Candice at 802-338-3652 or Candice.email@example.com to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days. She also has availability most Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 5:30 pm.
Putting It In Perspective
How many times do we over-think things or take issues to a catastrophic level unnecessarily? During this session, participants will learn to take situations from worst case scenarios to best case scenarios to what makes sense scenarios. Putting It In Perspective is designed to guide us to more accurate thinking. Learn to “ease your anxiety and fear or embarrassment” by establishing a pattern of realistic optimism, staying alert to the actual threat and taking advantage of opportunities.
Review the characteristics of a crisis; discuss crisis response procedures; specify what is and what is not the Commander, RDC and FRGs role in a crisis situation.
Avoiding Thinking Traps
This course details the eight major thinking traps that tax our resilience. Participants will identify the 2 or 3 patterns they fall into and as a group we will figure out strategies that will help you get out of those traps. Learning what thinking traps are will aid in hold you back from inaccurate assumptions that are so costly to your resilience.
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