Family Readiness Services provides ways for Marines, Sailors, and their Families to build valuable problem-solving skills and find helping resources. Problem-solving skills are an essential aspect of workshops led by Marine Corps Family Team Building.
Whether you’re new to the military lifestyle or you’ve been around the block, MCFTB is here to help. MCFTB provides educational resources and services to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of service members and their families.
MCFTB is your launching pad when you arrive at Quantico! Active Duty, spouses, children, and extended family members will benefit greatly when attending any of our engaging and interactive workshops!
The goal of Readiness & Deployment Support is to prepare families for the unique challenges of deployment, pre, mid, and post-deployment When a Marines family is prepared he/she is able to maintain a constant state of readiness. Which will ensure that they will remain fully focused on the mission, whether in garrison or in combat.
The Military lifestyle brings with it a unique set of challenges and opportunities our families face each and every day. Marine Corps Family Team Building is here to support your needs.
Family Care Plan
Emergencies happen whether we like them or not, and just as importantly, whether we have
prepared for them or not. “What’s in Your Family Care Plan” is a workshop designed to explore the reasons why preparation is essential and important considerations during that process.
Learn about how preparedness is the key to being mission ready, not just for Marines but for families too! Gain tips and insights to get and stay organized with your family & medical records, legal documents, finances, housing, and much more!
Pre-Deployment for Marines & Families
This workshop highlights key areas of personal and family preparation for single Marines, married Marines and their respective families; either active duty or reservists. Suggestions for personal and family preparation including important documents, emergency communication, money management, and operational security, sources of assistance, and information and referral resources are provided.
Pre-Deployment for Parents & Children
The Parents and Children Program uses an optional guest speaker, puppet show, and age-appropriate activities for children age 5 and older to prepare for the upcoming deployment. The adult component combines discussion and demonstration to highlight ways parents can support their children during a deployment. Parents will learn about age appropriate activities they can do with their children and recognize common reactions children may exhibit due to deployment related stress.
Mid-Deployment: Deployment Success
Spouses and significant others are invited to learn about self-care during mid-deployment. It includes what to expect during the Service Member’s absence, stress management, and available resources.
This is a great opportunity to assess progress thus far, get new ideas for continued success, and also networking with other Marine Corps spouses and significant others.
Return and Reunion
Families will find a healthy way to reconnect when their Service Member returns from deployment.
This includes answers about homecoming, celebration suggestions, and possible concerns about the effects of deployment
Participants will develop solutions to communication and relationship challenges which may be encountered during the post deployment period.
Kids Deployment: Series
A suite focused on equipping military children with tools to navigate life during each stage of deployment, to include stress and emotional awareness management techniques, relaxation through play, nutrition, exercise and fitness; positive character traits; and making connections with other people.
- Kids Readiness
- Kids Mid-Deployment
- Kids Return & Reunion
This class will educate military and civilian Accepting Officials about volunteerism, best practices, and their roles and responsibilities when working with Marine Corps Volunteers.
Passport to Volunteering
Throughout your lifetime, you will volunteer with various organizations, programs and initiatives you feel passionate about.
Some will take up a small amount of your time and others will be a commitment over months and years. Passport to Volunteering is your orientation to prepare you for success as a Marine Corps Volunteer and as a champion of the Marine Corps in the surrounding community.
The goal of the Family Readiness Program is to provide resource information and training in addition to support services to enhance a Marine's personal and family readiness. The Family Readiness Program assists commands by offering training and education in developing successful and effective Unit Personal and Family Readiness Programs (UPFRP).
The UPFRP provides the needed support and guidance at the unit level around the Marine Corps. As each unit is different, each program varies slightly in how it supports the identified family and friends of the personnel attached to that unit. To find out about your UPFRP, visit the unit website or contact the Unit Deployment Readiness Coordinator/Uniformed Readiness Coordinator.
Deployment Readiness Coordinator/Uniformed Readiness Coordinator Training
Deployment Readiness Coordinator/Uniformed Readiness Coordinator (DRC/URC) is a special staff officer for the unit who provides oversight and coordination of all aspects of family readiness to include official communication to all members, command representation, information and referral, and unit support.
Family Readiness Assistant and Command Team Advisor Training
The Family Readiness Command Team Advisor/Family Readiness Assistant Training is designed to orient and guide Command Team Advisors and Family Readiness Assistants in their roles, responsibilities, and operating components within the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program. This training provides the required information to operate as a successful FRCTA/FRA and as a member of the Family Readiness Command Team.
Family Readiness Command Team
The Command Team is the problem-solving body for unit Marines, spouses of unit Marines, and designated parents and extended family members of unit Marines in regard to the UPFRP. Training is scheduled through the command and open to Family Readiness Command Team members only.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Operational Security (OPSEC) Overview Training is designed to orient and guide volunteers in their responsibilities to protect personally identifiable information (PII) within any volunteer position.
LifeSkills Training and Education offers various workshops that will offer skills and tools that will enhance personal growth and education for both the individual Marine and their family member, in four separate areas.
- Relationship Series
- Communication Series
- Wellness Series
- Impact Series
Workshops are open to all active duty, civilians, spouses, and retirees.
Investing in relationships early on can pay huge dividends later. Learn healthy ways to begin and sustain a relationship and discuss strategies for meeting the emotional needs and expectations of one another.
5 Love Languages
This workshop focuses on a communication framework developed by Dr. Gary Chapman that helps us better understand relationships between couples. This workshop will help couples identify how they communicate love to one another so that they can improve their relationship.
Basic Stress, Anger, and Conflict Management. Each of these workshops will focus on helpful strategies and tools in the subject area to become more emotionally resilient in both personal and professional relationships.
Participants will learn how to communicate effectively in their personal and professional lives, to include active listening techniques, conversational skills, and etiquette for phone, email, and in-person engagement.
Four Lenses Workshop
Four Lenses will teach participants how to understand their own personality traits. They will learn to identify the personality styles of
others and how their own traits mesh or clash with other personalities at work, home, and school.
Bridging the Generation Gap
Participants learn the unique characteristics of each generation. This understanding provides a foundation to enable improved communication across the various generations by increasing knowledge of their characteristics, influences, and priorities.
Attitude and Actions
A modern-day exploration of concepts and philosophies that will help participants maintain a positive focus and engage as leaders in their homes, at work, and within their communities.
Ready, Set, Prepare
Service Members and their families learn how to be informed and prepared for natural or man-made disasters in their region.
Family Care Plan
Emergencies happen whether we like them or not, and just as importantly, whether we have prepared for them or not. “What’s in Your Family Care Plan” is a workshop designed to explore the reasons why preparation is essential and important considerations during that
Few events can replace the value of experience, but understanding the expectations of a military way of life can help ease transitions and support growth. As each participant learns about deployments, benefits, resources, and everything else the Marine way of life others, they will become better equipped to use such knowledge throughout their time with the Corps. L.I.N.K.S. Foundations is the
beginning of a journey to support Marine families, as they become part of their new community.
Volunteer with L.I.N.K.S.
L.I.N.K.S. Needs You!!! L.I.N.K.S. is supported and gains its success from many dedicated volunteers. Build your resume, meet new people and make a difference in someone's life. If you are interested in becoming part of the L.I.N.K.S. Team you can fill out an application one of three ways:
- Download a copy of the application and submit it to us.
- Visit Little Hall, 2034 Barnett Ave 2nd Floor, Quantico, VA 22134., to pick up an Application.
- Many positions are available. Training is provided for all positions.
Become a Mentor to others. Share your Marine Corps experiences and knowledge.
Unit Sessions are planned and coordinated by the DRC/URC. If you are a spouse contact to your DRC/URC to find out if they're planning a session for the families of your unit!
Unit Sessions available to schedule Days, Evenings, Weekends, and virtual
Call 703-784-1303 or email to schedule.
L.I.N.K.S. Team Meeting
Team Meetings are for all L.I.N.K.S. Volunteers and Staff. Stay up-to-date with the happenings of the L.I.N.K.S. program.
- Our Corps, Our Culture
- Events and Etiquette
- The Maze - Navigating the Resources
- Pay and Entitlements
- Deployment 101
- Safe and Sound All Around
- The Places You'll Go
- Building Your Network
- Investing in your Community
Good relationships can always become even better, and even great ones need care and attention to stay that way. PREP, based on 40+ years of ongoing research in relationship health, helps couples learn how to communicate effectively, work as a team to solve problems, manage conflicts without damaging closeness, manage expectations, promote intimacy, and preserve and enhance commitment and friendship, to help prevent future marital problems and divorce. PREP is a flexible workshop format that can be conducted over 1-3 days; in a unit sponsored setting it can also be conducted in shorter sections, or as stand-alone modules dealing with specific aspects of relationships.
PREP IS FOR YOU IF:
- You're involved in a close relationship, engaged, or married.
- You want romance and passion in your relationship.
- You'd like to be able to talk together as friends.
- You'd sometimes like to shut out all of life's hassles and just be together.
- You're determined to knock down those walls that build with time and stress and make open
- communication with your partner dicult.