Programs & services
A key resource on your installation and a gateway to accessing all of the resources available to you, the Marine and Family Services provides support to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle. The Marine and Family Services is one part of the overall installation family support system, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. The Marine and Family Services should be one of you first stops upon arriving at an installation; its programs and services will be an important resource for you and your family.
Marine Corps Family Team Building — (MCFTB) provides educational resources and services to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of Marine Corps families.
Deployment Support — Assists you during all phases of the deployment cycle, providing workshops on deployment, as well as referral to deployment-related resources, to help you and your family manage the challenges of deployment. Also includes the MCFTB Readiness and Support Training, which offers assistance to units by connecting unit Family Readiness Officers (FROs) and commands, assisting with family readiness issues, and delivering pre-,during, and post-deployment presentations.
Family Readiness Program Training — Family Readiness Program Training provides necessary training for Command Teams, FROs, Family Readiness Advisors, and Family Readiness Assistants on their roles and responsibilities in the Unit Family Readiness Program.
Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills (LINKS) — Provides information to all Marines and family members on the resources available and methods for meeting the challenges of the military lifestyle. Sessions are available for Marines, spouses, children/teens, and parents/extended family members of marines. Live, online, and printed versions are available.
Relocation Assistance — Provides information, referral, resources and tools to help you with permanent change of station (PCS) moves. Services include a loan closet from which families may borrow basic household goods; assistance with in-transit emergencies; pre-departure classes called the PCS Move Workshop; arrival services to include a New Arrivals or Welcome Aboard Orientation, local community tours and other move-related topics such as buying or selling homes; sponsorship training and individual PCS planning.
Personal Financial Management Program — This program provides financial education, training, counseling, and referral to military personnel and their family members. You can learn more about budgeting, credit management, mortgage counseling, and car buying.
Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) — Provides career/employment assistance, vocational guidance, and transition information to separating Marines and their family members. The tools and information provided enable all separating Marines and their family members to make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Separating Marines are counseled and advised of the availability of these programs, services and their responsibility for attending prior to leaving the military.
Family Member Employment — This program helps assist family members to achieve their goals through employment and education and/or volunteerism. The career counseling and information provided can help you identify your career development goals. The program will provide guidance on the currant labor market, average salaries and wage trends in your area.
Information and Referral — An integral function of Marine and Family Services, information and referral services can assist you in locating needed services and programs available on your installation, through civilian agencies in the local community, and via national resources.
Exceptional Family Member Program — (EFMP) assists Marine families in managing the dual demands of a Marine Corps career and the special needs of a family member. An Exceptional Family Member (EFM) is a family member, enrolled in DEERS and residing with their sponsor, who may require special medical or educational services based upon a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional need.
Counseling Services — Provides education, counseling services including Family Advocacy Program counseling, and workshops to individuals and families seeking self improvement or assistance dealing with domestic abuse.
Substance Abuse Program — Provides policies and guidance to improve the capability of commanding officers and Marines in preventing and treating alcohol and drug abuse problems that detract from unit performance and mission readiness.
Lifelong Learning — The Marine Corps Lifelong Learning Program provides personal and professional learning opportunities for Marines regardless of duty station. Lifelong Learning includes the Voluntary Education Program, which provides active-duty service members the opportunity to reach their educational goals.
Children, Youth, and Teen Programs — Such programs focus on the needs of families in order to provide maximum access to useful, flexible, and affordable programs such as child development, social, recreational, and athletic programs. Children, youth and teens, ages 6 weeks to 18 years, are served in integrated, balanced, quality programs that support the continuum of the Marines family, on- and off base.
New Parent Support Program – Complementary to the Children, Youth and Teen Programs, the NPSP offers a wide range of support services to Marine families with children from birth through five years of age.
Marine and Family Services may also provide other services, such as counseling, family advocacy, fitness and recreation programs and exceptional family member support. Services vary by location.