About Family Readiness

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About Family Readinessline


and Reserve members, who make up half of the Total

Force, are often called to serve with active-duty

troops on military

operations supporting U.S. security interests.

In the years since the Cold War, such

mobilizations have been increasing, creating difficulties

for families who must cope with long separations.

Experience has shown that family readiness for such

mobilizations is directly related to — and

directly impacts — mission readiness.

Preparing your Family

True family readiness comes from a series of minor tasks accomplished well in advance rather than a sudden “crash” program begun after receiving an unexpected deployment notice. Last-minute rushing produces needless family worry and stress. It causes many parts of the family readiness plan to be left undone. By looking ahead and anticipating the likelihood of a deployment, you and your loved ones can adequately plan for this separation.

Know Where to Go for Help

Knowing which support organizations can assist you in time of need strengthens family readiness. Find local resources offered by the National Guard Bureau Family Program by using the interactive map on this web site. During deployment of your loved one, think about volunteering with a Family Readiness Group or joining in activities offered by the Family Program. Remember, there are organizations designed to help you and your family. And, there are National Guard families who are going through similar experiences who you can get to know.