District Readiness Coordinator (DRC)
Mr Carmelo Flores
Office (847) 887-8320
Cell     (816) 547-8064
carmelo.flores@marines.usmc.mil

 

 

    The Family Readiness Program serves as the primary communication link
between the command and families of Midwest Marines. The District Readiness
Coordinator works in conjunction with Uniformed Readiness Coordinators (URC)
at each Recruiting Station to educate, assist and empower Marines and families
across the Midwest to enhance personal readiness and quality of life.
 
   L.I.N.K.S. stands for Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills.
It is a volunteer, team-mentoring program designed by spouses for spouses. The
program offers orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping new spouses
adapt to the unique challenges of military life. The LifeSkills Program offers
an array of classes and workshops to encourage personal growth and strengthen
the Marine and family for continual readiness.  MCRD San Diego supports these
programs within the District.

The Unit Personal & Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) provides information and support to the Marine recruiters, support personnel, and their families from the time they are assigned to 9th District to the end of their tour. 

This program supports the 9th District Commanding Officer’s commitment to family and "taking care of our own".  To enact this commitment, the District Readiness Coordinator (DRC) works with each Recruiting Station’s (RS) Uniform Readiness Coordinator (URC) to support District Marines and family members. While the DRC supports all District Marines and families as a whole, the URC’s work closely with the RS Marines and families in their area.  

 

The Unit Personal & Family Readiness Program

Communication:  Utilizing email and social media, share timely and relevant authorized and official communication to the Marines and families and act as a conduit for communication back to the Command on various issues and concerns within the District.

Information & Referral:  Perhaps the largest portion of the work done is proactively and reactively providing resource information to overcome challenges and to achieve personal and professional goals.  Family Readiness Volunteers provide vital assistance in providing resource referral as well.

Volunteer Program:  A solid Personal & Family Readiness Program benefits from a dedicated group of volunteers who share their knowledge and skills with those around them.  Reach out to your DRC/URC for the training and to see how you can help build a sense of family around you.  We would love to have at least one volunteer for each Recruiting Sub-Station.

Personal and Professional Development:  Marine Corps Recruiting Command provides free access to trainers who can provide in-person and/or virtual workshops on various personal and professional topics.  Trainings are tailored to meet the specific needs of the intended audience, understanding that time is a precious resource on this duty. Contact the DRC for a listing of trainings and details.  

Healthcare (Medical/Dental/Vision): The DRC/URC attempts to channel your concerns and needs to the right action agency to resolve healthcare challenges such as claims or enrollment.

Exceptional Family Member Program:  A mandatory support program for Marines with dependents who have special medical or educational needs, this program ensures a continuum of care.  The DRC may reach out to remind you to update your records. 

Relocation & Transition: for the many issues that arise during your move/relocation or change in careers, the DRC/URC provides support and information. This boost extends not only to the Marine, also to the spouse and family.

Legal & Financial: Information and assistance concerning legal and financial issues are available, including tax assistance through your local military installation or from MCRD/ERR’s legal center.

Recruiting Duty Trainings for Families

Recruiting 101:  Each RS conducts a Proficiency and Review (PAR) training for the Marines once they are checked in.  Each RS’s PAR training has time set aside to welcome spouses and conduct Recruiting 101.  Recruiting 101 will give spouses a better idea of what to expect with Recruiting Duty and to learn ways they can assist their Marine.  Talk with your URC to find out when the next PAR training will be at your new RS. 

District Spouse Orientation Course (DSOC):  A great deal of resources and effort go into making DSOC a valuable opportunity for spouses to recharge and connect with others within their general geographic area to build a network of support while on recruiting duty.  It is typically a 3 day workshop which incorporates 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, personality insights, Recruiting 101, personal safety, organization, goal planning, stress management, and a talk with the Colonel and Sergeant Major of the district. You can contact the DRC or your URC for more information on the upcoming DSOC for your RS.  We are currently looking at 2021 for our next DSOC.

Contact Information

Authorized Contact:  Every recruiter attends Basic Recruiters Course (BRC) at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, California. Assignment Day takes place about halfway through the course where the recruiter will find out their Recruiting Station assignment.  On Assignment Day the DRC will brief the recruiters either in person or virtually and will have them begin the process for getting themselves and their families connected using NAVMC 11654.  Once this information is collected by the DRC, the listed authorized contact(s) will receive an email with links to important information and their RS Points of Contact.  If you did not receive this email, contact the DRC directly, all types of things happen when transcribing handwritten email addresses.

 

District Readiness Coordinator (DRC):  The position includes support and training of staff, Marines, and family members, information dissemination, long-term family readiness issues, event funding assistance, and serves as a point of contact for issues related to the Exceptional Family Member Program and Tricare. The DRC works closely with each URC to assist with unfamiliar readiness issues and resources and funding for events.  This does not mean the DRC is not also connected to the families, in fact, the DRC is an additional conduit for Marines, spouses, or family members to reach out to with questions and concerns.  The DRC will also pass along information within the district from time to time as a supplement to the work of the URCs.

9th Marine Corps District