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Family Readiness

Throughout the different stages of deployment a wide range of emotions are experienced, but did you know that most of these are normal? Experts have created classes, programs, and other resources to help you understand and cope with those emotions. This information is available to you through your Family Readiness Group, Community Service Center and even on-line. They key to surviving, and even thriving during a deployment is education through Family Readiness.

Soldier Readiness + Family Readiness = Mission Readiness

Individual Augmentee Families

In contrast to a Service member that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, a Service member who leaves their assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group is known as an Individual Augmentee (IA).

Families of IAs face some unique challenges and can often feel like they are going through the deployment alone. If your Service member is deployed as an IA and you are in need of support or assistance, you are encouraged to contact your Rear Detachement and connect with your Unit's Family Readiness Group. If you are experiencing any issues or have concerns but are not sure where to turn, please call 573-563-6511 or e-mail your Family Readiness Support Office for further assistance.

Deployment Resources

Here you will find handbooks, briefings, and recordings to educate yourself on what to expect during all the cycles of a deployment.

Deployment Handbook - A resource to help you "gear up" for a deployment. It provides tips, ideas, resources and checklists to ensure you are prepared and ready for a deployment.


Battlemind Training - Training that provides a spouse the ability to face deployments with resilience and strength, allowing easier separations and smoother reunions. Pre and post deployment training available.

These Boots guide

These Boots- A spouse's guide to stepping up and standing tall during deployment - A free CD to download or order from Military One Source offering suggestions and strategies for coping with a deployment.

Reset Handbook

Reset Handbook- Provides reintegration tips, ideas and resources for Soldiers and Family Members as they settle into life after a deployment.

Virtual Reintegration

Virtual Reintegration- Created by US Army Europe, this is a great resource for Families that are not able to attend Reintegration briefings with their FRG.

After Deployment

After Deployment- A mental wellness and behavioral health website providing self-help resources that can be accessed anonymously, 24/7.

Your Soldier, Your Army- A Parent's Guide

Your Soldier, Your Army - A Parent's Guide- A booklet written by Mrs. Cody, wife of GEN Richard Cody, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. She turns her own 30-year experience as the wife and mother of Soldiers into advice and consolation for other parents with deploying children.
Spanish edition available too.

Support Groups

Family Readiness Group- Your unit's FRG is usually your best resource and contact during a deployment. The volunteers of the FRG work closely with the Rear Detachment Commander to keep you informed and vice versa.

Hearts Apart- A support group through your local Army Community Service (ACS) for Family members who are separated from their Soldier due to deployment, TDY or PCS. (Also called Waiting Families.)

Blue Star Mothers- A support group for mothers with chapters across the nation. (Blue Star Dads is being reorganized and there is a Blue Star Associates too.)

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