Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA)
Family Readiness Support Assistants are a consistent Family Readiness asset to Commanders during all phases of the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) cycle (pre-alert, alert/pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment, reintegration, and reconstitution). While the Commander has overall responsibility for Family Readiness in the unit, the FRSA’s role is to act as the staff subject matter expert (SME) on Family Readiness. Specifically, the FRSA is a key contributor to the development of the Commander’s Total Family Readiness Program and plays a central role in the program’s execution. FRSAs provide the continuum of care so that Family Readiness is a consistent focus, regardless of the unit’s status within the deployment cycle.
FRSA Mission Statement
To empower Commanders in their duty to deliver the Total Army Family Program (AR 600-20) so that Soldiers and Families are entitled, informed, educated, assisted, and made ready for the unique demands of military life before, during, and after deployment.
Essential Services Provided by the FRSA
- Assist with the execution of the Family Readiness Standard Operating Procedure for all levels of command.
- Provide training, hands-on assistance and information to subordinate unit Commanders and Family Readiness Groups on all aspects of Family Readiness, well-being, and deployment cycle support.
- Track and maintain Family Readiness records and reporting requirements for all levels of Command.
- Serve as the liaison between the Brigade, Battalion and Company Commander, State Family Program Office, Family Assistance Specialist (FAS) and Volunteers.
- Provide regulatory guidance regarding Family Readiness.
- Serve as the Subject Matter Expert on Family Readiness while facilitating resources.
Family Readiness Success
The primary factor in determining the success of a command’s Family program is the energy level and focus of the leaders and their support staff. In coordination with the command leadership at the brigade, battalion, or specified element, the FRSA will provide Family readiness support including direct day-to-day services to Soldiers and Family members and liaison with other support entities including Rear Detachments, Family Readiness Groups, and Family Assistance Centers. The FRSA will provide guidance, assistance, and day-to-day support and continuity for the Commander’s Family Readiness Program, operations, and initiatives. The FRSA will also support and be responsible for outreach, communication and coordination of programs and services designed to educate ARNG members and their Families about the assistance and services available to them under the Deployment Cycle Support Program.
Differences Between the FRSA and the FAS
The Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) Team has a multi-faceted role in the Army Colorado National Guard. Whereas the Family Assistance Specialists work directly with the Service Members and Families, the Family Readiness Support Assistants work with the Unit, Battalion and Brigade Commanders to develop each Commander’s Family Readiness plan.
FRSA Unit Assignment
Each Unit is assigned a FRSA to assist the Unit Commander in developing his/her Family Readiness plan. If you are unsure of who your FRSA is, please contact the Senior Family Readiness Support Assistant, or you can look up who your FRSA is by opening the document below. Meet your FRSA by clicking here.