Accession Number : ADA284630

Title :   Family Support Groups: Making the Most of a Combat Multiplier.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 93-3 Jun 94,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Waters, Brian F.

Report Date : 03 JUN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : This study examines Army Family Support Groups (FSGs). The focus of the research is on FSG leadership and whether the Army should hire paid FSG coordinators or continue to use volunteer leaders. The study demonstrates that FSGs are beneficial to the Army. It also recognizes that ineffective FSGs can be detrimental to a unit. The study presents characteristics of effective FSGs and uses them to develop required competencies for FSG leaders. It analyzed the resources required to employ paid coordinators in active duty brigade equivalents. Such a program would cost roughly $32,000 per brigade, or nearly $6 million for the active Army. The study analyzes payoffs and disadvantages to paid FSG coordinator strategy. It recommends that the Army should continue to use volunteer FSG coordinators because the payoffs of employing paid FSG coordinators do not outweigh the costs. By making the changes to the current system this thesis recommends, the continued employment of volunteer leaders would be even more enhanced. Family support groups, Army families, Family support.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *FAMILY MEMBERS, ACTIVE DUTY, ARMY, COSTS, EMPLOYMENT, RESOURCES, STRATEGY, THESES, VOLUNTEERS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE