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Family Readiness



Sailor and Family Programs (OPNAV N171)
Physical Wellness (N171A)
 Family Readiness (N171B) 

GREAT TEAMS, GREAT FAMILIES: MILITARY LIFE IS NOT AN EASY ONE FOR SPOUSES AND FAMILIES. Navy families make tremendous sacrifices for America and the Navy has programs to help them cope with the stress attributable to separations and a range of uncertainty as they support dynamic Navy requirements. 

Great Leaders must foster environments that make families part of their Team, resilient and prepared to effectively navigate the challenges of the unique context of military service.  

Resilient Families 

  • Are knowledgeable about the potential challenges they can expect 

  • Are familiar with the resources available to assist them 

  • Develop the skills necessary to function in the face of challenges they may experience 

Key Concepts 

INTEGRATION. Family readiness is not a program in isolation. Commands are supported in this effort by several components, including Command Ombudsmen, Family Readiness Groups, and base support services, such as the Fleet and Family Support Centers. 

COMMUNICATION. Consistent information flow to families is the single most important element in maintaining family readiness. 

DEPLOYMENT READY.  A knowledgeable family is a prepared family, especially in knowing where to turn for assistance when needed when their servicemember is away. 

CONNECTEDNESS.  A family that feels connected to the command has a positive influence on both their Sailor and the command’s climate. Families provide connections that foster new relationships with new individuals, new experiences, and new insights. 


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