“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
About a year and half after we PCS’d to Tennessee I stopped into my local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to learn about their services. I was asked if I was looking for a job. I wasn’t and didn’t want to be...but in reality I did need a job! I was encouraged to apply for an open position. Apprehensive at first, I applied and a few short weeks later I received an offer. I worked there for five months before transferring to a Navy program. I learned so much and gained such an appreciation for the services FFCS offers.
Prior to working at our FFSC, I wasn’t familiar with all they did. Maybe you are unfamiliar with your local support/service center just like I was.
Here are 7 programs offered by your Family Support/Readiness Center that can support your journey through military life:
Personal and Family Wellness Education and Counseling
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Crisis Intervention and Response
Military and Personal Career Development
Financial Education and Counseling
In addition, they also have classes you can take such as:
New Spouse Orientation
New Parent Education
Classes are open to active duty and retired military, reservists, DoD civilian employees and family members. According to the Navy Fleet and Family Support Program website, “The Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) promotes self-reliance and resiliency to strengthen the military and its family members, supports mission readiness, assists commanders in planning for and responding to family readiness needs, and facilitates building a strong community network of services through community outreach and partnerships.”
Each branch has it's own support/readiness centers with similar mission statements.
For more information on the classes and services offered at your local family readiness center, be sure to check out the below links:
Air Force Airman and Family Readiness Center
Army Warfighter and Family Services Center
Navy Fleet and Family Support Program
Marine Corps Family Team Building
Taking the time to sign up and attend classes in your areas of interest will help you become better prepared for upcoming deployments or mobilizations. If your spouse recently completed a deployment, be sure to check out the many classes geared towards helping to achieve your ideal lifestyle, for example: money management, leadership classes, resume development and more.
My experience from working at FFSC had such a positive impact. I currently volunteer to teach at the Warfighter and Family Readiness Center on board our local installation. I get the chance to interact and teach new (and experienced) spouses, DoD civilians, and even uniformed service members. It’s very rewarding, and I encourage you to check out the volunteer opportunities at your local readiness center.
Have you ever taken classes at your local Warfighter and Family Readiness Center? What was your experience?
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