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Military Life 101

Family Support Advisers and Ombudsmen

First Lt. Joshua Fosher poses with his wife, Nalani, and their infant daughter, Kai, born in February. PHOTO COURTESY JOSHUA FOSHER
First Lt. Joshua Fosher poses with his wife, Nalani, and their infant daughter, Kai, born in February. PHOTO COURTESY JOSHUA FOSHER

The Family Readiness Support Advisor (FRSA), Ombudsman, or Family Readiness Officer (FRO) is a communication link between the commanding officer and family members. Ombudsmen are mainly Information and referral specialists who help command family members gain the assistance they need -- this is especially relevant for deploying commands. Normally the role of ombudsman is filled by a military spouse, so keep in mind that they are not professional counselors or social workers, but can assist you with finding the help and services you need.

Navy and Coast Guard families are both served by Ombudsman programs while the FRSA serves all Army soldiers.

The Marine Corps FRO program provides resource information and training in addition to support services to enhance a Marine's personal and family readiness. A Marine must ensure their personal and family affairs are in order so that they will remain fully focused on the mission, whether in garrison or in combat.

Contact you local unit to find out how to contact your command's family readiness help. 

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