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What are the requirements for approving, printing and mailing a Family Readiness Group (FRG) newsletter?  
Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) can publish an official newsletter using government printing and mailing resources. There are restrictions on the content included in an official newsletter. According to the Operation READY’s Army Family Readiness Group Leader's Handbook, an official newsletter is limited to eight pages (printed on both sides). It can be produced and paid for with government funds, and must have the commander’s statement and signature. It can include: notices from the FRG leader and/or unit commander; information on community, local schools, or FRG events and meetings; news of past FRG events and activities; unit history, chain of command and training schedule; information highlighting military community agencies and phone numbers; government websites; recipes; routine information such as birth announcements or new Soldiers and families; literary pieces with a copyright release; and historical information. It cannot contain advertising for private or commercial businesses; financial reports; political notices; casualty or injury reports; copyrighted information without permission of the author, or professional sports scores. FRGs can publish other newsletters that are not restricted in content, but the must be produced and paid for with FRG or personal funds and be reviewed by the commander. Refer to the Army FRG Leader’s Guide noted above for more information on FRG newsletters, as well as AR 360-81 (Command Information Program), the Official Mail Manual DoD 4525.8M, and local military policies on FRG newsletter publishing.
Keywords: Newsletters, Communication, unit information

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