What is the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP)?
The United State Marine Corps recognizes the most valuable asset a Marine has is his or her family, whether “family” is defined as a relative, loved one, or a brother or sister in arms. In order to keep the faith with our Marines and families, to empower them in achieving and sustaining readiness, the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program focuses on communication, information and resources, readiness and deployment support, and volunteer management, the four tenets
Each Marine is responsible to be prepared at all times for the next mission and
ensuring family members are ready. Readiness means the knowledge and skills a Marine
– a professional warrior - must have to be mission capable. Readiness also
means personal and family members’ knowledge and skills needed to be successful
within the military lifestyle. This is why UPFRP is important – Marines and
families need information and access to resources to be prepared and the link
at each unit is the family readiness officer (FRO).
The desired outcome of UPFRP is a ready and resilient Marine. This is defined
as a Marine whose unit, family, significant other, or any other individuals identified
by the Marine, are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to
successfully meet the challenges of military life.
What do you need
to do to be ready?
Talk with your Marine. Let him/her know you want to be involved
and take action to assist, improve and maintain readiness—both theirs and
1. Ask your Marine for
contact information on the unit’s family readiness officer (FRO). The FRO
is the communication hub for readiness, especially for family members.
2. Ask your Marine if
s/he is subscribed to eMarine, the unit’s secure website because the FRO uses
eMarine to share information, resources, and updates about events for the
unit. Once a Marine is subscribed as a sponsor, s/he can invite family
members to subscribe so you will be able to create a password and log in.
opportunities to become involved in UPFRP as a volunteer. While communication
and resources can be shared using technology, there is no substitute for personally
sharing experiences with others who, like you, are “living the dream” of being
a military member or family member! Getting involved opens doors to assist
others and share your talents.
4. Step up and ask
questions. If you don’t understand what your Marine shares about his/her day at
the unit, ask! L.I.N.K.S. offers “Marine Corps 101” information to translate
and the FRO can give you the background on what all the work-ups and training
are leading up to for your Marine. FROs can be contacted by an email, a phone
call, a text, or a visit at their office. There’s no such thing as a dumb
5. Use the
resources. Take a class with Marine Corps Family Teambuilding (MCFTB), attend a
L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge & Skills) session and
find unique and interesting facts about the Marine Corps and how to thrive in a
military-centric environment, attend a play date or support group. All you
learn improves your Marine’s readiness!