Family Readiness
Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP)
Michele Diamond 
Deployment Readiness Coordinator
Office #: (760) 763-1252
Cell #:     (760) 529-2830
The 1st Battalion, 5th Marines Family Readiness Program (FRP) is a commander’s program that provides support to individual service members and their families. The ultimate goal of 1/5’s FRP is to help our Marines and Sailors focus on their missions knowing that their families are well-supported and informed in their absence. The command depends on the FRP to pass on important information and serve as a support and feedback system for families in the unit.
In addition, 1/5 families can count on the FRP to offer:
- Information and referrals to base, Marine Corps, and unit resources
- Deployment readiness training, resources, support and guidance
- Career/volunteer opportunities for unit family members
- Morale boosting and community building events
- Opportunities for family members to learn more about the Marine Corps, unit and the support systems available
- Intervention and support when faced with challenges
- Information from the command through official communication
- Support extended to the entire unit family to include children, spouses, parents and other extended family members.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate. This can include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, fiancĂ©es, children (18+), and more. If you are interested, we’d love to have you as an active member of our community. No matter how much or little time you can give, your contribution and involvement in 1/5’s FRP is valuable. You can choose to be involved in different ways.
Our Family Readiness Team includes the following types of volunteers:
- Advisors
- Assistants
- Morale Supporters
Family Readiness Advisors are individuals who work on the Family Readiness Command Team to provide feedback and suggestions to the Deployment Readiness Coordinator (DRC) and command. Most units have at least one Family Readiness Advisor, and typically he/she is a spouse of a senior Marine in the unit. Family Readiness Advisors embodies the commander’s goals and intents and helps ensure that all unit members have a “voice”.
Family Readiness Assistants work closely in support of the Family Readiness Command Team and the DRC by helping to execute the commander’s intent with regard to the unit FRP. They work closely in support of service members and their families to provide resources and referrals when necessary. Our goal is to have a minimum of 5 Family Readiness Assistants for the battalion.
Morale Supporters are individuals who volunteer to participate and help specific events. These volunteers assist with the planning, coordination and execution of the event.
Who do I contact to sign-up and ask questions?
Michele Diamond
1st Battalion, 5th Marines
Deployment Readiness Coordinator
(760) 763-1252
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