Family Readiness System
The Family Readiness System is defined as the network of agencies, programs, services, and individuals, and the collaboration among them, that promotes the readiness and quality of life of service members and their families. For the Family Readiness System to be fully realized, Department of Defense asks that everyone who provides these services view themselves as part of the overall system.
The Family Readiness System supports every service member and family member, regardless of activation status or location, in person, by phone and online.
The Family Readiness System is made up of many organizations delivering a vast array of services; some of these organizations are part of the Department of Defense, some are other federal, state and local government organizations. They may function at the national state or local community level.
What services are available through the Family Readiness System?
The following services are available through the Military and Family Support Center Family Readiness System.
Additional services, which vary by access point, may be offered to meet the unique needs of your installation or community:
- Mobility and deployment assistance — Services designed to help you adjust to all phases of the deployment cycle
- Relocation assistance — Information and education to help with questions related to permanent change of station moves, including moving costs, housing options, spouse employment opportunities, schools, community orientation and much more
- Personal financial management — Services that provide tools and information to help you achieve financial goals and address financial challenges (Topics include consumer education, budgeting and debt liquidation, retirement planning, savings and investment counseling.)
- Spouse education and career services — Services include career exploration opportunities, education and training, employment readiness assistance and employment connections
- Family life education — Education and enrichment services that focus on helping families build and maintain healthy relationships and strengthen problem-solving skills
- Emergency family assistance — Services that promote short- and long-term recovery and the return to a stable environment after an emergency
- Domestic abuse prevention and response services — Education, support services and treatment to help promote healthy and safe intimate relationships, reduce the occurrence of domestic abuse and address domestic abuse when it occurs
- Child abuse prevention and response services — Services that help promote positive parent-child relationships, prevent child abuse and address abuse when it occurs
- New parent support — Services designed to help new parents adapt to parenthood, including playgroups, classes and access to books, booklets and other written materials on parenting
- Exceptional Family Member Program support — For families with special needs, education and assistance related to the Exceptional Family Member Program enrollment and assignment coordination process, non-clinical case management and relocation support
- Non-medical individual and family counseling — Short-term, confidential non-medical counseling services to address topics related to personal growth and positive functioning
- Transition assistance — Services that prepare separating service members and their families to re-enter civilian life
- Information and referral — Information designed to help you become familiar with and access the range of services available through the Family Readiness System
How do I access services?
You can visit, call or log on to one of the Family Readiness System access points listed below. Regardless of your service branch or geographic location, you will have access to helpful support and resources. If the access point you choose does not have what you need, simply request help finding it. Family Readiness System access points include:
Installation-based Military and Family Support Centers
Installation-based Military and Family Support Centers are a one-stop-shop for family readiness information and services. Centers are open to all service members and their families, regardless of the service member's branch. Find your local installation's center by visiting MilitaryINSTALLATIONS or the links below. Each branch of service uses a service-unique name for this access point:
- Army Community Services
- Marine and Family Programs
- Fleet and Family Program
- Airman and Family Readiness
Reserve Component Family Programs
Reserve Component Family Programs deliver family readiness services through facility-based locations, online and by telephone. While these access points deliver a limited number of direct services to members and their families, they can readily refer you to other Family Readiness System resources. Find your Reserve Component Family Program by visiting the links below:
- National Guard Family Program
- Army Reserve Family Programs
- Navy Reserve Family Readiness
- Marine Corps Reserve Family Resources
- Marine Corps Forces Reserve Community Services
- Air Force Reserve Family Program
Non-military community organizations that support military families are also considered a part of the Family Readiness System, as they play a key role in providing the services you need for everyday life. Your local access points, Military and Family Support Center, National Guard and Reserve Component Family Program and Military OneSource, can also connect you to other approved providers, offering services in your local community.