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OPNAVINST 1754.5B
N1
31 Mar 2011
OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1754.5B
From:

Chief of Naval Operations

Subj:

FAMILY READINESS GROUPS

Ref:

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)
(f)
(g)
(h)

Encl:

(1) Sample By-laws

U.S. Navy Family Readiness Group Handbook 2011
OPNAVINST 5380.1A
SECNAVINST 5211.5E
DoD 5500.7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, of 1 Aug 1993
OPNAVINST 1750.1F
DoD Instruction 1000.15 of 24 Oct 2008
OPNAVINST 4001.1F
CNO WASHINGTON DC 312222Z Aug 10 (NAVADMIN 295/10)

1. Purpose. To establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for interactions with family readiness
groups (FRGs) and their operations onboard Navy installations. This instruction is a complete revision and should be reviewed in its entirety.
2.

Cancellation.

3.

Applicability.

4.

Discussion
a.

OPNAVINST 1754.5A.
All Navy commands.

Nature of FRGs

(1) An FRG is a private organization, closely-affiliated
with the command, comprised of family members, Sailors, and
civilians associated with the command and its personnel, who support the flow of information, provide practical tools for adjusting to Navy deployments and separations, and serve as a link between the command and Sailors’ families. FRGs help plan, coordinate and conduct informational, care-taking, moralebuilding and social activities to enhance preparedness, command mission readiness, and increase the resiliency and well-being of Sailors and their families.

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(2) FRGs are an integral part of a support service
network that includes ombudsmen, fleet and family support
centers (FFSCs), chaplains, school liaison officers, and child development centers at the command-level, to provide services in support of service members and their families.
(3) FRGs interact with installation activities (e.g.,
FFSC; morale, welfare and recreation; chapel) and other Navyaffiliated private organizations (e.g., Chief Petty Officers Association, Navy Wives Club of America, Navy League
Association, United Services Organization) to help coordinate activities for the support of unit members and their families. (4) Sample by-laws for an FRG are contained in enclosure
(1).
b.

Structure of FRGs
(1) FRGs consist of elected officers and group members.

(a) FRG Elected Officers. At a minimum, the FRG
consists of a president and a treasurer, but may include
additional elected officers (see enclosure (1)).
(b) FRG Members. FRGs are open to all family
members, Sailors, and civilians associated with the command and its personnel. In addition, although not required, individual FRG members may be designated as official volunteers. Official volunteers are FRG members who are approved by the command or installation and agree to perform assigned duties under command supervision.

(2) Further details on FRG structure are contained in
enclosure (1) and reference (a). Reference (a) is available for download from Commander, Navy Installations Command Web site at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/navycni/groups/public/@hq/@ffr/document s/document/cnicp_a197800.pdf.

c.

Official Volunteer Activities

(1) Commanders are authorized to accept voluntary
services from an appropriate number of FRG members to assist family support programs, per reference (b). Prior to providing voluntary services to the command, volunteers must complete a DD

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Form 2793 Voluntary Agreement for Appropriated Fund Activities and Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities, per reference (b). A copy of the signed agreement shall be given to the volunteer prior to commencing volunteer services.

(2) A person providing properly accepted voluntary
services is considered to be an employee of the Federal
Government for certain purposes. Therefore, commands must
provide official volunteers a clear, written description of
duties and scope of responsibilities assigned, provide
appropriate training, and supervise performance of...
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