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UNIT, PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM (UPFRP) RESET

Date Signed: 3/19/2018
MARADMINS Number: 166/18

R 191518Z MAR 18
MARADMIN 166/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MF//
SUBJ/UNIT, PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM (UPFRP) RESET//
REF/A/MSGID: PUBLIC AFFAIRS GUIDANCE FOR UNIT, PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM (UPFRP) AND FAMILY READINESS OFFICERS REOGRANIZATION/2FEB18//
REF/B/MSGID: MCO 1754.9A/9FEB12//
NARR/REF A IS CMCS PUBLIC AFFAIRS GUIDANCE, UPFRP AND FAMILY READINESS OFFICERS REORGANIZATION. REF B IS MCO 1754.9B, UNIT, PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS.//
POC/K. DEAN/NF-5/UNIT: MFZ/-/TEL: 703-784-0296/TEL: DSN 278-0296//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  This MARADMIN announces the reset of the UPFRP and changes to civilian staffing.
2.  Background.  The UPFRP was developed in 2007 during a period of heightened operations and greater numbers of deployed Marines.  After more than 13 years of sustained combat operations, the Marine Corps is in a reset period, refocusing programs that support Marines and their Families.
3.  UPFRP remains a commanders program.  Every unit will maintain an UPFRP and provide quality family readiness support to Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families.
4.  Family Readiness Officer (FRO) Redesignation.
  a.  Civilian Family Readiness Officers will be redesignated as:
(1)  Deployment Readiness Coordinators (DRCs) in the operating forces (OPFOR).
(2)  Recruiting Readiness Coordinators (RCs) in Marine Corps Recruiting Commands.
(3)  Reserve RCs in Marine Forces Reserve Commands.
  b.  Commanders in the supporting establishment may appoint uniformed members as RCs.
5.  Concept of Operations.
  a.  OPFOR commands will focus on deployment support and will provide assistance to units, individual Marines, attached Sailors, and Families.
(1)  A team of DRCs will be staffed at O6-level commands, supporting all subordinate commands through a general support model.
(2)  O6-level commanders will designate one DRC to support their command and each subordinate O5-level Family Readiness Command Team and to assist with the implementation of their UPFRP.  DRCs may support more than one unit.
(3)  Every O6-level and O5-level command will implement a unit specific UPFRP, utilizing the designated DRC in collaboration with the Family Readiness Command Team, and UPFRP volunteers.
(4)  DRCs will provide communication, deployment support, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management support to unit Commanders, Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families.
(5)  Every OPFOR Marine, attached Sailor, and his or her Family will have access to a DRC for family readiness support.
  b.  Recruiting RCs will focus on the unique challenges associated with independent duty and the recruiting mission.  Recruiting RCs will be assigned to each of the Marine Corps Districts (MCD) in support of Commanders, Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families, including those on installations and in remote locations.
(1)  Recruiting RCs shall provide UPFRP training at the MCDs and Recruiting Stations as needed.
(2)  Recruiting RCs will provide communication, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management support to unit Commanders, Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families.
  c.  Reserve RCs will focus on the challenges associated with independent duty in remote locations, as well as provide additional resource and deployment assistance to the SMCR and IRR Marines and Families.
(1)  Reserve RCs will be assigned to an O6-level command in each MARFORRES region.
(2)  Reserve RCs will provide communication, deployment support, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management support to unit Commanders, Marines, attached Sailors, and Families.
(3)  Readiness and resource support will be provided in a regional model by Reserve RCs to all units within their appointed region, to include contact information on TRICARE, the Exceptional Family Member Program, School Liaison Program, Psychological Health Outreach Program, and the Joint Family Support Assistance Program.
  d.  Operational requirements within the supporting establishment significantly differ from the deploying OPFOR.  Commands within supporting establishments may appoint a uniformed RC, civilian RCs are not authorized.  The UPFRP reset will enable commanders to focus on the basics of family readiness, while enhancing the role of the small unit leadership.  Commanders will have greater flexibility in the management of their UPFRP.
(1)  Support to Marines, attached Sailors, and their Families will include communication, readiness and resource support, and volunteer management.
(2)  Commanders may assign program responsibilities to one or multiple personnel within the unit.
(3)  RCs will be the communication liaison between Commanders and Families.
(4)  Installation Marine and Family Programs Directors will ensure active engagement with commanders to provide additional resource support.
  e.  Installation Marine and Family Programs will actively engage with commanders at all unit types to ensure quality training, resources, and outreach is provided to Marines, attached Sailors, and Families.  Marine and Family Programs staff serve as a primary resource to DRCs, RCs, and Reserve and Recruiting RCs (when applicable) and collaborate with units on a wide array of programs and services.
(1)  Installation Information and Referral Specialists will serve as the conduit of installation and community resource support by providing information, resources and referrals quickly and easily.  Common Marine and Family Program referrals include Marine Corps Family Team Building, Personal and Professional Development, Volunteer Program, Behavioral Health, School Liaison, and the Exceptional Family Member Program.
(2)  Marine Corps Family Team Building staff will provide all UPFRP training plus the associated Readiness and Deployment Support, LifeSkills, and Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills training.
(3) Personal and Professional Development staff will collaborate with units for assistance with Personal Financial Management, Transition Readiness, Family Member Employment, Voluntary Education and Training, and Library information and briefs.
(4)  Installation Marine and Family Program Directors will submit rosters of installation DRCs, Reserve RCs, and RCs to Headquarters Marine Corps Family Readiness Branch no later than the first Friday of each month.  Installations will establish a procedure for DRCs and RCs to provide input to the Marine and Family Programs Directors.
6.  UPFRP Data Tool reporting will be submitted directly to the HQMC UPFRP SharePoint.
7.  Transition to the new paradigm.
  a.  Headquarters Human Resources Office (HRO) will release UPFRP Business Rules to installation HROs.
  b.  HROs will assist commands in identifying movement of remaining DRCs to appropriate commands.  Every effort will be made to retain DRCs in currently deployed units through the duration of the deployment.
  c.  O6-level commander will assign DRCs to subordinate O5-level command UPFRPs immediately upon staffing of DRCs at each O6-level command.
  d.  Publication of new position descriptions and DRC, Reserve RC, and Recruiting RC reassignments will be completed no later than 24 June 2018.
  e.  Full implementation of UPFRP reset will be completed by 30 September 2018, to include policy, UPFRP training, and functional area checklist updates.
8.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force and will be cancelled when incorporated into reference (b).
9.  Release authorized by BGen K. W. Stein, Director, Marine and Family Programs Division.//