While the FRTP is a tailored to fit each unit and its mission requirements – it is also fluid and cyclical. Sailors rotating in and out of the command are faced with various challenges based on where the unit stands in the FRTP. Units with small operational elements, platoons, dets, teams – will also have specific personnel at different stages of the FRTP. The Command must be aware of these variables and address the specific needs of Sailors and their Families.
Give the group 30 seconds to write examples of each dimension and add to the board. How do you see the dimensions of Total Force Fitness? Which dimensions are easily adapted to Families? What do you think will be the most difficult for your CFRT to support? How can you combat that?
Chaps “ embrace the suck”
How do we do this? How do we, prepare families for my units OPTEMPO? Do they really think I have the time or people to make this work? Why?
Can anyone give me an example of how a family issue has NEGATIVELY impacted their command/ a sailor? Those of you who have a “strong” family what are some of the things your buddies worry about – that you don’t give a second thought to? How can families best support their Sailor – how can we as individuals and as a CFRT support those familie’s efforts?
keep in mind that commands may have multiple elements within the command on various phases of the FRTP What are some of the things you should discuss?
Who are the critical members of the CFRT? What are “critical skills” for the Military Family? What is the “COs Intent”? What does that mean? Do you What dimensions of TFF are impacted during this phase? What training and planning should the Command Family Readiness Team (CFRT) take into consideration during the Maintenance Phase of the FRTP?
FRO What are the requirements for this collateral duty? What special skills/traits should be considered when appointing personnel? Why? Ombudsman What are the requirements for this appointment? What special skills/traits should be considered when appointing personnel? Why? FRG Volunteers What are the requirements for this appointment? What special skills/traits should be considered when appointing personnel? Why?
What’s the point? Who has this already? Who updates it? Trust But Verify Not a hard copy of Google search results
***get examples from various commands – gather input from Ombudsman/FRG’s on family skills! (this will give us some ideas for appropriate training events for families/Sailors in the future) Command/Platoon – Practice SOP, Learn ROE… etc. Families – ESTABLISH Family Routine
What are some things you’d discuss at a Service Member/Spouse Indoc? Why do we want to include spouses/families What can a good mentor relationship bring to your command? What are some things to consider? Pros/cons? ***Chaps – go over the singles/couples events*** Credo, PREP, Marriage Enrichment Build rapport with families, community outreach organizations WHAT is FOCUS? What do they do? Why do we keep talking about them? Send Ombudsman/FRG’s to advanced training FRG’s: establish meal teams, pet teams, work on communication skills. ***Ask… what advanced training would you like Omb/FRG? ***Co’s what training do you think would be helpful? How can we make family events more effective use of time?
Why? Promotions, Ceremonies and Retirements – inculcate your families in the Expeditionary mindset. Allow them the opportunity to experience pride in workmanship. If they FEEL that they are a PART of the Command they will invest more in it – and hopefully better understand their Sailors commitment to it, and the Navy.
Avoid the ostrich effect!
How can we “use” the network? What are some of the stress factors people are facing? Which dimensions of TFF are being impacted?
Here is the question – it is not how do we eliminate the stress of being a military family – we all know that isn’t possible, but how can we acknowledge and train our families to deal with it, so their Sailor can focus on their mission? Disaster Prep Drills: How many commands do these? Do you incorporate families? NAAFAS?
Sailors, give me an example of a fast cruise in your expeditionary force? How can the family be plugged in? (provide Sailors scenarios to discuss with their family, nat. disaster, death of loved one, contacting Command/ American Red Cross) What benefit does this provide? What hurdles will you have to overcome? What are some “Fast Cruise” training events you can d at home? Fire Drill Tornado Earthquake New Baby!
If a Sailor is WIA which dimensions of TFF will be impacted? For their family? Their fellow warriors? Their extended Navy Family? If you incorporate TFF into your FRTP & CFRT how can you minimize the impact on your families?
Be prepared to implement your modified routine. Remembering that “family” is everyone under your command umbrella i.e. The Kegbuster Family. Remind your single/unaccompanied Sailors to prepare for absence (storage units, pets, apartments, etc) How does this HELP your SAILOR? All wills, powers of attorney, and pay issues should be addressed and support people clearly identified. emotionally, psychologically and spiritually prepared.
What’s the point? What will you get if you invest in all of this? If you go for it, dig in and make this happen? What are your concerns?
Total Force Fitness Presentation
Roles of Personnel Family Readiness Officer Communication Total Force Fitness
Mrs. Jinger A Brinkley Command Family Ombudsman EOD Mobile Unit 6 CAPT Wilbur Douglass, CHC, USN NECC Force Chaplain Total Force Fitness Throughout the Fleet Readiness Training Plan
<ul><li>A balance between Mission, Family, and Sailor is critical to overall readiness. </li></ul><ul><li>To attain this balance, it is insufficient to train only the uniformed force. NECC affirms its commitment to educate, inform, and train the family members who support, sustain, and motivate its Sailors as well. </li></ul>Purpose
Execution <ul><li>… incorporating families into the four phases of the FRTP (maintenance, basic, integrated, sustainment) COs will develop families under their command umbrella as they would any other asset – through classes, training events, and vigilant maintenance. </li></ul>
Fleet Readiness Training Plan (FRTP) The FRTP consists of a four phase operational cycle which includes Maintenance, Basic, Integrated, and Sustainment. Sailors and families may join a command at any phase of the FRTP. For this reason the CPFRP must be robust and responsive enough to address the unique needs of individuals and families that may temporarily be out of sync with the readiness of the command.
Total Force Fitness (TFF) TFF Model <ul><li>TFF is a model of eight human conditions which must be considered and addressed throughout the phases of the FRTP. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider ways that each condition might impact family readiness when developing a plan for each FRTP phase. </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Defense has developed a TFF model which applies to service members. NECC has modified the model to apply to family members. </li></ul><ul><li>Total Fitness is to provide Sailors, families, and CFRT’s with knowledge, skills and tools from which health, resilience and optimal performance can emerge </li></ul>
Physical Fitness Physical Fitness is the ability to physically accomplish all aspects of day-to-day requirements while remaining healthy and uninjured. Physical fitness can be split into four components: endurance, mobility, strength, and flexibility. Example: Developing a healthy lifestyle with a hectic schedule.
Environmental Fitness Environmental Fitness is the awareness of and ability to adapt in any environment and withstand the multiple stressors of a military lifestyle. Example: Change of duty station and geographic location, cost of living.
Medical Fitness Medical Fitness is a condition of mental and physical well-being as determined by medical standards. Example: Exceptional family member support.
Spiritual Fitness All individuals are spiritual beings. Spiritual fitness refers to the ability of individuals to connect and the command’s ability to address the variety of needs within a diverse community. Example: Family access to spiritual programs.
Nutritional Fitness Nutritional Fitness refers to the provision and consumption of food in quantities, quality, and proportions to enable daily performance and to protect against disease or injury. Example: Establishing and maintaining healthy eating pattern.
Psychological Fitness Psychological fitness is the integration and optimization of mental, emotional, and behavioral abilities and capacities to optimize performance and strengthen the resilience of Sailors and families. Example: Operational Stress Continuum Training
Behavioral Fitness Behavioral health refers to the relationship between an individual’s behavior and their positive or negative health outcome. Example: Children’s performance at school
Social Fitness Social fitness is the establishment of stable, cohesive families that are integrated into the larger community. Social cohesion is a strength multiplier. Examples: Vibrant, active and collaborative FRG.
TFF Throughout the FRTP A Ready Command Includes a Ready Family. A Sailor who’s family is properly trained and supportive allows that Sailor to better form their duties. A family who is ill equipped to sustain quality of life in the absence of their Sailor can be a distraction for the Sailor, and an obstacle to Unit and Mission Success
TFF Throughout the FRTP … make every effort to inform and support CFRT shall meet quarterly to discuss the command FRTP and consider the eight components of TFF and consciously decide how to integrate Family Readiness at each phase.
FRTP Maintenance Phase The command… organizes and identifies gaps in critical skill <ul><li>Appointment and Training of CFRT </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment and Orientation training of Ombudsman and FRGL if one is not already appointed </li></ul><ul><li>Publish CO’s Intent for CFRP </li></ul><ul><li>Develop plan for periodic spouse/family orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Begin building rapport between family members and the CFRT </li></ul>
FRTP Maintenance Phase The command… organizes and identifies gaps in critical skill Special consideration when choosing your CFRT <ul><li>Family Readiness Officer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience in the Command </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Collateral Assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Skills with Civilian Personnel/Family Members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to empathize with Command Families and vet their concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willingness to “step up” in times of crisis or distress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Command Family Ombudsman </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience as a Navy/NECC Spouse/loved one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the mission requirements and impact on command families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding of Unit, Mission, Chain of Command, Protocol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forward Leaning when caring for Command Families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Family Readiness Group Volunteers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of Unity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solvers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding of Unit, Mission, Chain of Command, Protocol </li></ul></ul>
FRTP Maintenance Phase The command… organizes and identifies gaps in critical skill Command Resource Center (CRC) A Command Resource Center will support both the CFRT and families within the command. Establish a CRC to centralize information and resource material distribution. Update the information as often as possible and encourage Sailors and families to submit information about resources they use.
FRTP Basic Phase Command emphasizes development and mastery of individual skills required to complete the mission…
FRTP Basic Phase CFRTs work to establish a network that is capable of offering support in any situation <ul><li>Command Indoctrination – include spouses/family member </li></ul><ul><li>Mentorship Programs (COMPASS and CORE) </li></ul><ul><li>Families Overcoming Under Stress Workshop (FOCUS) </li></ul><ul><li>FRG/Ombudsman Advanced Training </li></ul><ul><li>Command sponsored social events </li></ul>
FRTP Basic Phase Combined Command & Family Events <ul><li>Invite family members to Command morale events. Include them in celebratory messages and ceremonies; educate family members on the Navy Core Values. </li></ul><ul><li>Build camaraderie between support organizations (MWR, Ward Room, Chiefs Mess, FCPOA, FRG) </li></ul><ul><li>MWR Events (burger burn, ultimate football, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Family Day </li></ul><ul><li>Command Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>Retirements </li></ul><ul><li>Promotions </li></ul><ul><li>Awards Ceremonies </li></ul>
FRTP Basic Phase Clearly communicate the mission requirements and risks associated with the Command mission Mission Awareness A family who is prepared mentally for extended absences due to training or deployment can better prepare for the resulting stress. Knowledge can relieve some of this stress and anxiety.
FRTP Integrated Phase Developing advanced skills and exercising at operations/ integration with other units <ul><li>CFRTs should focus on using the network established during the Basic Phase to ensure its reliability. </li></ul><ul><li>Command leadership should acknowledge the stress that families face as training demands increase. </li></ul><ul><li>Commands should provide tools for Sailors and their families to combat stress and the negative impact of high OPTEMPO. </li></ul><ul><li>Families Modify Family Routine – preparing for absence of Service Member </li></ul>
FRTP Integrated Phase Command leadership should acknowledge the stress that Sailors and families face when deploying and its impact. Commands should provide tools for Sailors and their families to combat stress and the negative impact of deployments/high Optempo. The readiness of a Sailor is impacted by the readiness of their family. <ul><li>Pre-deployment Briefing </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly spouse/family orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome briefs/Indoctrination </li></ul><ul><li>Sailor and Family recall test </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate Family Preps into Disaster Preparedness Drills </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Deployment Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Family Resiliency Training </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Stress Control </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Readiness Testing </li></ul>
FRTP Integrated Phase The Integrated Phase is a perfect time for the CFRTs to make a dry run or ‘fast cruise’ for deployment. While the unit is away on exercises or training, the Ombudsman can circulate information to the family, test the flow of communication, and ensure the necessary resources for support are in place. This is also a good time to offer the Family Pre-deployment informational brief because it provides a long lead time for families to address issues rather than waiting until a few weeks before deployment. Test your Family Readiness communications, network, and see what works and what does not. Identify your strong members and who might need some additional support during the deployment. Fast Cruise
FRTP Integrated Phase <ul><li>Reality of Risk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CFRT Pre-Deployment Plan of Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training Accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WIA/KIA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inherent risk of Rate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pursue facilitated training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>COMPASS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Family care plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Sailors </li></ul></ul>Foster a climate of support and understanding where Sailors are provided training on how best to communicate with their spouses/family members
FRTP Sustainment Phase The longest and most challenging phase of the FRTP. Commands must maintain readiness throughout in order to respond to operational tasking <ul><li>Implement Modified Family Routine </li></ul><ul><li>Last minute family issue and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Deployment Morale Event </li></ul><ul><li>Warrior Transition Program </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome Home Event </li></ul><ul><li>Families Overcoming Under Stress Workshop (FOCUS) </li></ul><ul><li>Family Resiliency Training </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Stress Control </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies the unique aspects of the post deployment period establishing the “new normal” </li></ul>
GOAL: Integrated FRTP/TFF Ultimately, the goal is to get the CFRTs to see the issues related to Family Readiness as part of their Common Operating Picture. The end vision: Family Readiness integrated into Command Readiness. A ready command includes a ready family. A Sailor who’s family is training and mission ready can fully focus on the mission. He or She has confidence in their command and their family trusts the organization.