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November 15, 2011
By Ferne Conroy; Army Community Service; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army Family Team Building is a series of training modules designed for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians that enhances knowledge about the military and develops leadership skills.

The program also strengthens self-confidence and independence, and it provides opportunities to meet new people and get involved in the community.

AFTB contributes to the growth of high-performing Soldiers and self-reliant families.

Army Community Service, part of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, manages the program and offers three levels of classes:

Level I is an introduction to the military lifestyle and is for families new to the military. Classes include "Chain of Command" and "Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements."

Level II promotes personal development. Classes include "Communication" and "Stress Management." AFTB Level III helps develop positive attributes. Classes include "Leadership Styles" and "Managing Group Conflict."

Active duty Soldiers can earn promotion points by participating in this training. Classes are also available to units and family readiness groups, and they can be modified to meet the needs of the community.

Hourly child care is available for those attending classes during the day.

The concept for AFTB originated in 1992 from a need to educate family members as a result of lessons learned following the Gulf War. AFTB became an official Army program in December 1994. ?

AFTB classes

AFTB 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 contact An online version of classes is offered at