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L.I.N.K.S. is a volunteer, team-mentoring program, designed by Marine Corps spouses. The program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping spouses, Marines, children and teens, and parents/extended family members understand and adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. While the curriculum targets those who are new to the Marine Corps community, the information is very beneficial at all levels of Marine Corps experience.
The program works through a partnership of volunteer spouses, Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) staff, Marine Corps Career Retention Specialists and Chaplains. The discussion group leaders are experienced military spouses who facilitate the learning process by using a mentoring style of presentation. The climate is informal, with a nurturing structure and format. Participants receive real life tips, information on Marine Corps culture, and available resources to enable them to help themselves.
L.I.N.K.S. is currently presented through volunteer teams on each Marine Corps Installation and through MARFORRES/New Orleans. No cost childcare is provided to participants. Additionally, the teams at Marine Corps Recruit Depots Parris Island and San Diego introduce L.I.N.K.S. to families of new Marines.
L.I.N.K.S. provides information on:
Marine Corps history, tradition and language
Benefits and services
Dealing with separation and deployments
Tips on moving
L.I.N.K.S. provides a positive environment for Marines and their families to learn to manage the demands of the Marine Corps lifestyle, and to work together as a team in balancing family needs while meeting Marine Corps expectations.
All Marines, spouses, children, teens, and parents of Marines are eligible to participate in L.I.N.K.S. Additionally, other Service members and spouses serving with Marines, and Marine Corps civilian employees and spouses are eligible.
L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses
L.I.N.K.S. for Marines
L.I.N.K.S. for Couples
L.I.N.K.S. for Parents
L.I.N.K.S. for Kids, Tweens and Teens
L.I.N.K.S. Mentor Training
If you haven’t already taken the L.I.N.K.S. class, that’s the first step! At the end of the class, you’ll be given the opportunity to fill out a form indicating what volunteer opportunities you would like to be involved with. After attending the L.I.N.K.S. Orientation, you’ll be ready to get started by contributing your unique skills to the Camp Lejeune L.I.N.K.S. Team!! If you’ve already taken L.I.N.K.S. and are ready to take the next step, please call the office at 910-451-1299 for information about our next Orientation.
Our mentors are trained to teach and facilitate L.I.N.K.S. workshops.
L.I.N.K.S. Mentor Manager
Serves as a coordinator of mentors and helps to manage workshops.
Helps develop a marketing strategy to effectively promote L.I.N.K.S. at Camp Lejeune and New River.
Assist in welcoming participants, preparing food and ensure that participant’s needs are met.
Preserves and records the activities of the L.I.N.K.S. team.
Unit Sessions are planned and coordinated by the Family Readiness Officer or Family Readiness Staff NCO. If you are a spouse contact to your FRO to find out if they’re planning a session for the families of your unit!
Call 910-451-1299 to set-up a date!
Mentors (Teachers) for the Session
All Props and Booklets
ID tags for all Graduates
Cake for Graduation
Lunch (Ideas attached)
Most Commands give the Marine the day off to baby-sit while his spouse attends L.I.N.K.S. If the Marine is away, we can provide limited childcare on-site.
Guest Speaker (VIP)
The Unit can provide a VIP, such as the Commanding Officer of the Unit, or one can be provided with advanced notice to the L.I.N.K.S. office. The VIP says a few words of appreciation and graduates each participant at the Graduation Ceremony.
The Chaplain's part in the program is to let the participants get to know their Unit Chaplain, to tell them what he/she can do for them, and to talk about Communication skills, and CREDO. (Your Chaplain should contact us for his part.)
Family Readiness Assistant and Unit specific information
The Family Readiness Assistants of your unit are highly encouraged to actively participate in your L.I.N.K.S. Session. The Family Readiness Assistants are given 5 minutes to introduce themselves and hand out rosters during lunch. Also, please do not hesitate to produce any Unit specific information for distribution. This program is to inform and bond the spouses of your unit, so please take full advantage of this time.
To register, have your spouses contact our office at 451-1299. A spouse is not registered for the unit session unless he or she calls the office to register. The unit or Family Readiness Assistants should not take registrations so that L.I.N.K.S. can have an accurate count of attendees.