Rear D During Deployments

When each unit deploys, there is always a detachment of soldiers from that unit that remain in the rear (at the duty station). These soldiers are responsible for keeping the unit running at the duty station as well as providing a link between the deployed unit and the FRG (Family Readiness Group).

Typically, there is an officer who is appointed as the Rear D (Rear Detachment) commander. This is rarely the unit’s normal commander. When there is information about the unit, it typically flows as follows:

Chain of Command Overseas –> Rear D Commander –> FRG Leader –> POC/Key Callers –> Family Members

Rear D will also help to coordinate resources that are needed to take care of Army spouses and family members. They can also assist with any pay issues or other concerns during a deployment.

Members of Rear D usually help to conduct official FRG meetings as well. It is important to have the contact information for Rear D as well as for the FRG when your soldier is deployed.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. My unit is deploying in may and i was wondering if there is any way that i can stay behind as a rear detachment soldier so that i can take care of my elderly father who is extremely ill and needs my care? Is there anything that the army offers that will allow me to do this? I must stay and take care of my father no matter what the cost. i am currently trying to get him placed as a dependent under me so that he can live with me full time and get medical benefits and care.

  2. What are the steps exactly to get assigned to Rear D?
    Is it possible for a soldier to volunteer to be part of that unit?
    What does he have to do to make it happen?

  3. I need some help on this matter. My husband Joined the Army Jan of 2010. Right after basic he got deployed so I never moved to our duty station in Ft Hood Tx. I stayed home in Co. Now Here in July I will be moving to our duty station but have no idea how to go about it. Pls contact me at 970-308-1577 with any details so I can plan how to go about this.

  4. I was married when I was enlisted. Its good to see a site like this dedicated to that. Good work, and keep it up. It matters, and is appreciated.

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