Deployment Readiness Coordination

With a well-deserved reputation as the premier expeditionary “Total Force in Readiness,” the Marine Corps is tailored to answer the Nation’s call, at home and abroad, quickly and efficiently. Additionally, Americans expect their Marines to be ready to respond when our country is threatened; thus the message for us is clear – be ready, always.

Personal accountability is the cornerstone of every successful unit and every Marine and Sailor is accountable for their individual readiness and for the readiness of their families.  II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) assists families to be capable of thriving during separations and time of crisis. This resiliency allows our Marines and Sailors to stay focused on mission accomplishment by knowing their families are ready.

To help achieve this, the II MEF UPFRP focuses on four basic tenets.

- Official Communication maintains open, two-way dialogue between the command and its Marines, Sailors and families to keep them informed and helps eliminate rumors and uncertainty.

- Information Resource and Referral services provide Marines, Sailors and families with appropriate information and resources to match their needs.

- Readiness and Deployment Support services maintain accountability of those Marines and Sailors who are deployed as well as educating families so they are empowered to help themselves and others during these deployments.

- The Volunteer Management component harnesses the talents, experiences and insights of family members by encouraging them to volunteer and is an integral part of a successful UPFRP. Units shall develop strategies to help maximize these resources.

Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program

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 deployment readiness coordinator (DRC). 

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 yours.

1. Ask your Marine for contact information on the unit’s deployment readiness coordinator (DRC).  The DRC is the communication hub for readiness, especially for family members.

2. Investigate 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.

3. 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 DRC can give you the background on what all the work-ups and training are leading up to for your Marine. DRCs 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 question!

4.  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!

The Mission...

…of the deployment readiness coordinator (DRC) is to support individual Marines and Sailors in their responsibility to promote opportunities to their family that ensure education, preparation and readiness against the inevitable mission and/or lifecycle events that may serve as detractors from personal and family readiness. The DRC represents the commander’s vision and serves as the hub of communication for the UPFRP. DRCs provide direct coordination for the UPFRP in support of the commander, the Marines and Sailors, the families, extended families and designated contacts.

II Marine Expeditionary Force Command Element (CE) Deployment Readiness Coordinator

The Command Element DRCs can provide contact information for subordinate unit DRCs. If you are not able to reach the CE DRC by phone, please leave a message including your name, phone number and/or email address, and a brief message regarding the nature of the call. The CE DRCs office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. EST.

  • II MEF: 910-451-4026
  • 2d Marine Division: 910-451-8734
  • 2d Marine Aircraft Wing: 252-466-2492
  • 2d Marine Logistics Group: 910-451-5347
  • 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade: 910-450-5939
  • II MEF Information Group: 910-449-9316
  • 22 Marine Expeditionary Unit: 910-450-6471
  • 24 Marine Expeditionary Unit: 910-449-8496
  • 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit: 910-450-6471


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