Family Readiness

Family readiness is a combat multiplier, equally as important as individual, equipment and combat readiness.

It is the responsibility of the individual Marine and their family to successfully balance life, career and mission events. They are supported by the enduring partnership between the unit’s Family Readiness Command Team and Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB).

Do You Have a Family Care Plan (FCP)?

  • All Marines with dependents are required to have a Family Care Plan regardless of deployment status.
  • A Family Care Plan is a document that outlines the person(s) who shall care for the Marine’s spouse, children, and/or other family member’s dependent on the Marine for financial, medical, or logistical support (housing, food, clothing, transportation) in the absence of the Marine.

Download Family Care

Have you heard from your Family Readiness Officer (FRO)?

Every unit aboard Cherry Point has a designated FRO to communicate official information and provide referral assistance to Marines and their families.  If you have trouble contacting your FRO, please call MCFTB.


Family Readiness Training

The Family Readiness Program Trainer provides training for Command Teams, Family Readiness Officers and Family Readiness Volunteers in accordance with MCO 1754.9A.

Command Team Training

This class is required for all new members to the Command Team. The Command Team Training Course is designed to guide new Command Team members in their roles and responsibilities as well as provide information to implement a successful Unit Personal Family Readiness Program. Unit-specific courses may be requested.

Family Readiness Assistant and Command Team Advisor Training (with Command Team Training, PII, and OPSEC)

The Command Team Advisor and Family Readiness Assistant course is designed to help new Command Team Advisors and Family Readiness Assistants in their roles and responsibilities as part of the Command Team, as well as provide information to implement a successful Unit Personal Family Readiness Program. It is required within 45 days of being appointed.

CO/Senior Enlisted Spouse Training

The Command Team CO/Senior Enlisted Marine Spouse Training is designed to guide CO/Sr. Enlisted Marine spouses in the responsibilities and operating components of their roles within the Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program.

OPSEC & PII Training

Attending this training will give you a better understanding of what Operational Security (OPSEC) is and how it relates to you as a military family member or unit volunteer. The Personally Identifiable Information (PII) portion deals with protecting not only your personal information but any information you might have access to as you support your Service Member’s unit by volunteering. This is required for appointed Family Readiness Volunteers, however it is open for anyone wishing to gain the knowledge.

On Point Resources

This workshop is offered quarterly to provide valuable information about station and local resources. Whether you are a FRO or a spouse, this workshop is open to all.


Volunteer Opportunities

Family Readiness Program volunteer opportunities include:

  • Command Team Adviser
  • Family Readiness Assistant
  • Volunteers

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for your unit, contact your FRO for more information.