Family Centers

Soldiers with teddy bears Family Centers (also called Fleet and Family Support Centers, Marine Corps Community Services, Airman & Family Readiness Centers, or Army Community Service Centers) provide a variety of services to assist relocating service members and their families, including relocation counseling, planning assistance, destination information, and seminars on move management and financial preparedness. They also offer professional support services as well as information and referral to community resources.

Guard and Reserve commands have organized family support systems of staff and volunteers. Family Coordinators, Family Readiness Officers, or other designated family support specialists are the primary links to information and support services. Family Readiness Groups (Army), Key Volunteer Networks (Marine Corps), Key Spouse Volunteers (Air Force), and Ombudsmen (Navy) work with unit leaders to strengthen their bonds with families and provide a way for families to share information and support.

As an immediate family member of a Reserve Component service member on active duty, one is entitled to all the services available at military installations. Fleet and Family Support Centers, Marine Corps Community Services, Airman & Family Readiness Centers, and Army Community Service Centers offer a wide range of professional support services as well as information and referrals to community resources. If a service member lives near a military installation, a visit to the Family Support Center will give an indication of the services available, even if the nearest installation isn't the service member's branch. The Resources section of this guide provides specific Web links for each branch’s family assistance programs.