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Benefits of Family Readiness Groups

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Family Readiness Groups
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With more than 30 years of experience in leading special operations and regular U. S. Army units, Major General David Haight served as the Director of Operations for the U. S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. By profession an infantry officer, David Haight is well aware of the value of Family Readiness Groups (FRG) in maintaining Army morale. Wherever he and his wife have been stationed, she has contributed to that group.

FRGs benefit the service family, the Soldier, the unit as a whole, and its base. For the family member, FRGs provide a system of supportive friends, especially during deployments. Families learn about the unit’s activities and have a better understanding of the importance of military missions.

While they are gone, the FRG system gives Soldiers confidence their families are well and safe. It also demonstrates that their commanders care about Soldiers’ families and are keeping them as informed as possible.

At the unit level, FRGs aid group cohesion and individual readiness. Resources available to FRGs strengthen families so they can support each other during crises and absences. Potentially, this assistance can reduce distractions during training and missions.

Through education and prevention at military installations, FRGs can identify troubles within families and quickly provide help. These interventions can enhance family interdependence and resilience and reduce the load on community and Army agencies. FRGs work with other Army resources that sponsor new arrivals, reach out to families living outside the base, and counsel families stressed by deployment.

BYU Army ROTC Marksmanship Team Competes in National Competition

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Army Maj. Gen. David Haight served his country in a number of capacities, most recently as the director of operations of the US European Command. Maj. Gen. David Haight received his commission into the US Army in December 1985 after earning distinction as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate at Brigham Young University.

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Brigham Young University began in April of 1968. At the time, it offered several instructional courses along with extracurricular activities like a color guard, a drill team, Ranger Challenge team, and a rifle marksmanship team.

Today, the Marksmanship Team of BYU’s ROTC program trains in several types of pistols and rifles, and it draws on this training to compete each year in the annual US Army Small Arms Championship. BYU first entered the competition in 2009, a year in which it competed against 23 other teams, many of which consisted of individuals with more experience. The BYU team nonetheless finished in sixth place overall, with one team member winning several individual competitions.