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By Ferne Conroy, Army Community Service; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

This article is the second in a two-part series

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The Army Family Team Building, or AFTB, program is a series of training modules designed for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians.

The modules enhance knowledge about the military and develop leadership skills of participants.

AFTB is the primary education and training mechanism for Army families. It provides families with information, knowledge and skills necessary to become self-reliant, strong, and resilient.

While family members are the primary audience, active, guard, and reserves Soldiers, as well as Army civilians and retirees, can enroll in the program.

AFTB not only prepares families to better manage deployment, long-term separations and the many challenges of the military lifestyle, it also provides the opportunity to become a volunteer.

Soldiers who are confident their families are prepared and informed about deployments are more focused on the mission at hand. Also, families that know how to use Army services and programs are more confident and can manage the stresses of deployment and separation.

An added bonus, when Soldiers complete all three levels of AFTB training, they can receive four promotions points.

AFTB classes

Classes are offered at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. To learn when classes are scheduled or to volunteer as an instructor, call 655-0671 or email ferne.r.conroy@us.army.mil. Classes are available to units and family readiness groups, and can be modified to meet the needs of the community. Hourly child care is available for those attending classes during daytime. An online version of classes is offered at www.myarmyonesource.com.