The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) was established by the National Defense Authorization Act 0f 2008, Section 582, which required the National Guard and Reserve Forces to establish a national combat veteran reintegration program. The goal of the YRRP is to provide Service Members, their Families, and Supporters with sufficient information, services, referrals, and proactive outreach opportunities throughout the entire deployment cycle. We endeavor to have the DoD Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) provide support and communications to each service member of the New Jersey National Guard, regardless of service affiliation as well as maintaining an open door to other branches.
When it comes to the deployment phase, we strive to be there from beginning to end, from dusk to dawn, through smiles and frowns. The intent of the program is to prepare National Guard, Reserve Members, and their families for deployment; sustain their families during deployment; and reintegrate Service Members with their families, communities, and employers upon release from active duty in various fun-filled ways.
YRRP helps Service Members and their Families navigate the numerous Department of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs, and state systems to ensure they receive information and assistance regarding all the skills, benefits and entitlements via an interactive, integrating experience. The full scope of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is beyond an easily presentable list.
The cycle consists of four (4) phases -- Pre-deployment, Deployment, Demobilization, and Post-Deployment.
The Deployment Cycle
Pre-Alert/Pre-Deployment is defined as the period from first notification of mobilization until deployment.
During this period the focus is on education and ensuring the readiness, of service members and their families, for all aspects of deployment that include emotional, financial, organizational, and benefits entitlements.
The period of time from actual deployment to arrival at the demobilization station inside the continental United States.
Training and Information to educate service members and families on available resources.
Coordination with Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Office, Transition Assistance Advisor, and State Family Programs Director.
The period is from arrival at the demobilization station to departure to home station.
Initial reintegration/reconstitution activities begin, focusing on addressing the challenges and stress that may be experienced by service members and their families.
Connect service members with service providers.
The Post-Deployment/Reintegration Phase is the period from arrival at home station until 180 days following deployment.
Focus is on reconnecting service members, their families and communities, and providing resources necessary for successful reintegration.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program mandatory for Service Members?
Yes, all Yellow Ribbon events are mandatory per the mandate given by Congress in 2008. Only the Commander can excuse a Service Member on the occasion that the service member has prior obligations, such as school. However, the service member is required to attend another event to make up attendance.
As a Service Member, am I required to attend all briefings?
Yes. Service Member is on orders and must conduct him/herself as whenever reporting to a military function in military status.
As a Supporter/Family Member, am I required to attend all briefings?
If you are on Individual Travel Authorizations / Orders and planning to fill out a DD 1351-2 (Travel Voucher for reimbursement), then you must attend all briefings.
Who issues the Service Member's travel orders?
The Service Member's unit.
What is the dress code for Service Members and Supporters?Service members' dress code can vary depending on the Command. If the event allows supporters and family to accompany the service member, then the appropriate attire for all attendees is typically business causal (Business casual can include jeans, if they are in respectable condition. No cut-off jeans with holes, profane or revealing attire). If the event is for service members only, then service members are required to wear the military duty uniform (usually ACUs / ABUs) for the duration of the event.
Contact Your Yellow Ribbon Program Team
Privacy and Disclosure: New Jersey National Guard Family Programs respects your right to privacy; however, the staff members DO NOT have privileged communication. New Jersey State Family Programs Staff is required by law, with or without your consent, to contact proper authorities if they believe you intend to harm yourself or others or if family member abuse, child neglect or drug use is suspected.