The Marine Corps’ most valuable asset is the individual Marine and their family. The Unit Family Readiness Program will educate and empower both Marines and family members to achieve and maintain a high state of personal readiness and resiliency in response to life, career and mission events.
The mission and focus of Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) is to improve the quality of life for our service members and their families by providing reliable, high quality programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles and improve morale, unit and personal readiness and retention.
Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge & Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) is an official Marine Corps program which helps families connect to the Corps. The Marine Corps has expanded its definition of family, to include the family Marines were born into, sworn into, and married into. The L.I.N.K.S. program now offers multiple classes to accommodate all aspects of a Marine’s family: L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses, L.I.N.K.S. for Teens, L.I.N.K.S. for School-Age Kids, L.I.N.K.S. for Marines, and L.I.N.K.S. for Marine Parents and Extended Family.
The LifeSkills Program provides facilitation of various workshops in such areas as: Four Lenses, Family Care Plans, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families, Pre-Marital, Interpersonal, Choices, & Knowledge (P.I.C.K.).
Readiness and Deployment Support Trainers (RDST) at Twentynine Palms provide a variety of classes, workshops, and briefs that discuss a variety of readiness education and deployment support issues. Readiness and Deployment Support Training offers assistance to units by connecting Family Readiness Officers (FROs) and commands, assisting with family readiness issues, and delivering pre, during, and post-deployment presentation along with the “Strong Marine Couples” reintegration workshop, which addresses the challenges of reuniting in a safe, relaxed environment.