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Introduction                          

The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize you, as a platoon commander, with various individual and family assistance programs and agencies that are available to all Marines. This lesson emphasizes problem prevention and resolution in order to reduce or eliminate work-related stressors and strengthen individual and family coping skills.

Importance                           

Marines live stressful lives.  Not only are the hours long and demanding, but deployments are frequent especially in the current operational tempo.  Thus, you must be aware of many potential problems and solutions generated by the stresses confronted by your Marines.

In This Lesson                   

Initially this lesson discusses various methods of assistance that are available to Marines stricken with personal or family issues.  It also reviews methods of resolving personal issues within the chain of command and the Request Mast process.  Finally it also reviews a checklist encompassing many areas of potential readiness-related issues.

This lesson covers the following topics:

Topic Page
Agencies that Assist Marines 4
Problem-Solving Methods 5
Readiness Checklist 7
Summary 8
References 8
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 8
Notes 8