Battle Book IV
A Guide for Spouses in Leadership Roles
     
From the Commandant    
Today's military serves a Nation at War. The Battle Book IV: A Guide for Spouses in Leadership Roles offers a wealth of information and resources that address the tough requirements of our times.

This handbook represents the caring work of spouses of students of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Class of 2005 and was updated by the Class of 2007 and most recently by the student spouses of the Class of 2009.

It is designed to help Families learn about the military and better understand the Soldier's mission. The Soldier, the spouse, and the Family work together as a team. This guidebook provides a well researched, well written, and well organized view to move that team forward.

Military spouses have always been a cornerstone of support for Soldiers and their Families. Family readiness for Soldiers and their Families depends on education and support programs that promote self reliance and enhance individual and Family well-being.

We are confident this book will be a useful and valued resource for you in addressing the many challenges that face today's military leaders, our Soldiers, and their Families

Robert M. Williams
Major General, U.S. Army
Commandant
 
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Cover:
Cover for the Battlebook IV
 
   
Foreword:
Each year at the United States Army War College (USAWC), the spouses of the students are given the opportunity to participate in a class project. For the past several years, spouse committees have chosen to write handbooks regarding information pertinent to spouses and Family Members in the Armed Forces.
 
 
Chapter 1:
ENTERING AND LEAVING A UNIT AND LEADERSHIP
(Battalion (BN) Level Used as the Model)
When your military husband or wife reaches the level where he or she is considered a "senior military leader," what does that mean for you, the spouse?
  CHAPTER 2:
CHAIN OF COMMAND
The structure of the U.S. Army has recently undergone major changes. Some of the changes will look familiar while some will not. This part will describe the changes in context.
 
CHAPTER 3:
THE FAMILY READINESS GROUP (FRG)
As a spouse in a leadership position, you will likely participate with a unit FRG at some level, with varying degrees of involvement.
  CHAPTER 4:
LEGAL SERVICES
In this section, we will cover some basic legal information to inform military family members about personal legal affairs and preventive law.
 
CHAPTER 5:
GROUP DYNAMICS AND COMMUNICATION
This section was written with the battalion (BN) level in mind, and the pronoun "you" refers to spouse leadership at that level, most familiarly, the BN CDR's (Commander) spouse and/or to the BN FRG (Family Readiness Group) Leader.
  CHAPTER 6:
DEPLOYMENT
One of your most important duties as an FRG Leader is to ensure that spouses/Family Members are prepared should their Soldier deploy.
 
CHAPTER 7:
TRAUMA IN THE UNIT AND COPING WITH CASUALTIES
One of the most difficult situations to deal with in any unit is trauma, whether the injury or death involves a Soldier or a Family member. Notification and official assistamce is not a function of the FRG, but the FRG can play a role in helping both individuals and the unit.
  CHAPTER 8:
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND ARMY RESERVE

In the past few years, many changes have been made through the Army Reserve and National Guard Bureau to improve the resources and support available to the families of the Reserve Component.
 
CHAPTER 9:
VOLUNTEERS AND AWARDS/RECOGNITION
Volunteering is a defining part of the American experience. From the Minutemen at Lexington to today's all volunteer force, the Army relies on the fundamental connection between volunteerism and citizenship.
  CHAPTER 10:
PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND COURTESIES
Why does the word "protocol" strike fear in the minds of even the most seasoned military spouses? It sends most of us running to our etiquette books. A wise military spouse learns the traditions and courtesies of military life.
 
CHAPTER 11:
ARMY RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS
ACRONYMS, AFAP, AFTB
This chapter contains military acronyms, abbreviations, and terms commonly used across the military.
  Directory of Services:
A directory of World Wide Web (Internet) resources offering a wide range of assistance to Military Families.