The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with California Cooperative Extension, has developed Operation READY, a mobilization and deployment training resource library for the Department of Army and U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center.
The need for Operation READY was prompted by military experiences which demonstrated that readiness of Service personnel is directly related to the family’s well-being. Supporting families is a vital concern during mobilization and deployment. Communication and the availability of accurate information remain key elements in successfully supporting families. Morale appears to be highest in units where commands sustain readiness through an active communication link with family members. Military personnel and family members need a wide array of information to cope with the changes that mobilization and deployment place on their lives.
Targeted populations include Family Readiness Groups, Family Assistance Center Program Staff and Volunteers (Active and Reserve Components), military leaders, soldiers, and family members. Lessons learned from recent military operations indicated a need for educational materials that address issues of: preparing for deployment, preparing for the soldier’s return, and of establishing a Family Readiness Group and a Family Assistance Center.
Educational materials (PDF) have been developed to address various areas with each set of training materials to include specially designed cover art, lesson plans with tabs, master transparencies, and video discussion guides that support videos developed for each module by the University of California, Riverside. The training material also includes Children’s Workbooks that address the needs of military children before, during, and after deployment. The workbooks, divided into age groups, are for children ages three to fifteen.
For additional information contact:
Nancy L. Granovsky, CFP, CFCS
Professor and Family Economics Specialist
College Station, Texas 77843-2251
phone: (979) 845-1869
fax: (979) 845-6496