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Family Readiness Groups, Support Offices, Initiatives

“Family readiness” has become a buzz phrase at almost every Reserve and National Guard unit in the United States. With the increasing tempo of service men and women being called to active duty in support of various missions around the world, it is difficult to recall a time in the history of the Reserve and National Guard when family readiness basked in the glow of a more intense spotlight than it does now.

RDO Training Emphasizes Taking Care of Soldiers and Families

When the frantic call came into the Army Reserve center that the mother of one of the deployed Soldiers was seriously ill and the Soldier's spouse had no way to visit her because of a disabled automobile, the NCO on duty was not sure where to turn to next to get help.

Scenarios such as these were part of small group activity workshops that approximately 130 student-soldiers were involved in during Rear Detachment Officer In Charge (RDOIC) training held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jul 12-16 2004. The five-day training event, sponsored by the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), also featured speakers talking on such topics as Reunion for Families, Deployment Guide, Emotional Cycles of Deployment, TRICARE/Dental among others, according to Diane Magrane, USARC family program manager, who organized the training along with other members of the USARC Family Program staff.

Military personnel have strict ethical conduct rules

Major Joseph Baar Topinka, an Army attorney from Illinois, has provided the following advisory to the ISBA Committee on Military Affairs. He is chief of the Administrative and Civil Law Division of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Drum, N.Y.

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