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UPFRP reboots after 10 years of service

29 Mar 2018 | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

The Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program is now being reset, as of March 18, changing the civilian staffing and refocusing to provide quality family readiness support to Marines, attached Sailors, and their families.

In the reset, the Family Readiness Officers were re-designated as Deployment Readiness Coordinators in operating forces, Recruiting Readiness Coordinators in recruiting commands and Reserve Readiness Coordinators in Marine Forces Reserve commands. 

 “For the past ten-years, the UPFRP has supported the families of deployed Marines and Sailors in a time of heightened number of combat operation,” said Ted Crandall the Family Readiness Officer of Marine Aircraft Group-31. “Now that the operational tempo has slowed down, the Marine Corps went into a reset period where it can refocus programs to better support the families of the Marines and Sailors.”

 The focus of the Deployment Readiness Coordinators with operating forces will focus on deployment support and provide assistance to units, individual Marines, attached Sailors, and families. Every individual and family member within the units will have access to the DRCs. The DRCs will provide communication, deployment support, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management according to the Marine Administrative Message 166/18.

The UPFRP reset will enable commanders to focus on the basics of family readiness, while enhancing the role of the small unit leadership.  The DRC’s will also be working hand-in-hand with Marine Corps Family Team Building and the rest of Marine Corps Community Services to ensure both Marines and their families continue to get the same support that was given under the old family readiness program.

“The core of the UPFRP focused on providing communication, deployment support, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management support to unit Commanders, Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families,” said Crandall. “This reset should allow the program to once again focus on those core tenets. The reset will also encourage self-sufficiency with Marines and their families, strengthen the small-unit leadership, and strengthen the bond between small-unit leaders and MCFTB.”