The Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) is a unit centric program, guided by the Family Readiness Command Team that reinforces the relationship between the unit and the services relevant to the unit, the unit members, and their families. The primary goal of UPFRP is to empower Marines and family members, providing them the opportunities to not just survive but to thrive while taking on the challenges of the military lifestyle. The program is supported by Deployment Readiness Coordinators (DRC) or Uniformed Readiness Coordinators (URC) who implement the Commander's family readiness vision, manage the tenets of the UPFRP, and assist unit Marines, Sailors and families maintain a constant state of family readiness.
- Marines, spouses, extended family members, and any other contacts authorized by the Marines are supported by the UPFRP.
- Communication: Regular communication with the Marines and families is the cornerstone of UPFRP. The DRC/URC provides the link for two-way communication between the Commander and the families, using a variety of mediums, such as Marine Online, email, newsletters, toll-free numbers, and/or social media sites. Marine Online is the primary web-based tool for disseminating unit information.
- Readiness and Resource Referral: The UPFRP provides assistance to address issues with the potential to impact the Marines, families, and the unit. The DRC/URC is a readiness, resource and referral expert, continuously researching and identifying trainings, resources and services to meet every need.
- Deployment Support: The UPFRP supports a multitude of training opportunities to assist Marines and their family members with deployments, separations, and life skills. From pre-deployment briefs, to interpersonal communication, to transition assistance, each is designed to empower the participants with skill development and independence.
- Volunteer Opportunities: The UPFRP provides opportunities for volunteer growth and development which creates stronger unit cohesion. UPFRP volunteers assist with mentoring others spouses/family members, identifying challenges to be addressed by the Command, and assisting with unit events. UPFRP volunteers also have the potential to grow and develop new skill sets through their volunteer services.
- Increased socialization: Unit sponsored events and unit, installation and community connections are made through the UPFRP.
Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Programs (UPFRP) are guided by the unit's Family Readiness Command Team, consisting of the Commanding Officer and/or the Commanding General, the Executive Officer and/or the Chief of Staff, the Sergeant Major and/or Senior Enlisted Advisor, the Chaplain, the Deployment Readiness Coordinator (DRC) or Uniformed Readiness Coordinator(s) (URC), the Single Marine Representative, and a Family Readiness Advisor(s).Every unit has either a full-time civilian DRC or a unit Marine (URC) supporting the UPFRP.
The local Marine Corps Family Team Building office provides standardized training to all Command Team members and the UPFRP volunteers to ensure consistency and continuity across all Marine Corps UPFRPs. Marines and Sailors are required to check-in with the DRC/URC when they arrive at a new unit. Once a new unit member has provided accurate contact information and authorization to communicate, the family members will begin receiving communication from the command. Family members are encouraged to meet the DRC/URC to learn more about the unit and the services available.
Unit, Personal, & Family Readiness - MCRD Parris Island
186 Mexico St
MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905