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Army Family Team Building

Happy Birthday AFTB!

Army Family Team Building celebrates 20 years of contributing to the knowledge, resilience and self-reliance of military Families

Contributing Author: Leba Hirsh, Fort Bliss AFTB Program Manager

AFTB BirthdayIn the post World War II era the philosophy was ‘the Army takes care of its own,’ but in 1992 senior leaders and spouses saw a need to educate Family members as a result of lessons learned following the Gulf War.

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a Family training and readiness program that provides participants with a better understanding of Army culture, as well as the skills and resources needed to become resilient, self-sufficient and self-reliant members of the military community.

On December 16, 1994, the AFTB program policy letter was jointly signed by General Gordon R. Sullivan, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sergeant Major of the Army Richard A. Kidd, designating AFTB as an official Army program. At a Pentagon ceremony in 1998 celebrating the achievements of the AFTB program, General Dennis J. Reimer, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sergeant Major of the Army Richard E. Hall proclaimed December 16th “Army Family Team Building Day.”

In order to remain relevant in today’s changing Army and to keep the AFTB program up-to-date with the needs of Family members, the program undergoes periodic reviews and updates. The most recent update was in 2013. While remaining true to the roots of AFTB (knowledge, personal growth, leadership), it addressed some of the changes seen in the military and civilian communities.

AFTB 20 YearsSome things never change. Military Families have always helped each other succeed. Family preparedness, self-reliance and resilience continue to be important to mission readiness. These key competencies help increase the Soldier’s confidence that their Family can manage their lives successfully regardless of the mission, which in turn helps the Soldier focus on that mission. Moreover, AFTB continues to empower individuals to maximize their personal growth and professional development through specialized training, as well as transform the Army community into a resilient and strong foundation meeting today’s mission.

AFTB is not limited to the boundaries of the Active Army. It embraces all the components of America's Army - the active duty Soldier, the United States Army Reserves, the United States Army National Guard Department of Army Civilians and Family members.

In the philosophy of ‘the Army teaches its own to take care of themselves,’ AFTB helps to provide a consistent base of knowledge while promoting growth and successful military Families.

To learn more about AFTB or to sign up for classes, visit your local Army Community Service AFTB program. Or access the 24/7 online training today.

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Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Mission Statement

AFTB Mission StatementMission Statement:

Army Family Team Building empowers individuals, maximizing their personal growth and professional development through specialized training, transforming our community into a resilient and strong foundation meeting today's military mission.

AFTB Values and Goals

Army Family Team BuildingValues:

We value excellence in:

  • Quality Training -- it is our signature; it is who we are and what we do!
  • Resourcefulness -- The ability to overcome challenges.
  • Life-Long Learning -- Opportunities that meet the needs of our community.


  • Prepare individuals through specialized training generating flexible, adaptive and capable Soldiers, Families and Civilian.
  • Enhance personal growth and professional development by leveraging an adaptive curriculum and technology meeting the needs of the transforming military.
  • Employ resources to build and strengthen enduring partnerships resulting in resilient strong communities

AFTB Frequently Asked Questions

What is Army Family Team Building (AFTB)?

Army Family Team Building is a series of training modules taught through your local Army Community Service or Family Program’s office that cover topics such as basic information about the Army, personal growth skills and leadership skills.  AFTB improves personal and Family preparedness which enhances overall Army readiness and helps America’s Army adapt to a changing world.

Why Should I Attend AFTB?

AFTB helps you to not just cope with, but enjoy the military lifestyle.  Many of the courses can be applied toward resume’ and career building, self-development and leadership skills.  AFTB provides the knowledge and self-confidence to take responsibility for yourself and your Family.  The training is available to Soldiers, Family members of all Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and volunteers.

What AFTB Class Should I Attend?

AFTB Level I Modules train basic information about the Army.

Learn about the Army life and how to maneuver through daily challenges by discovering how to decipher Army acronyms, utilize Community Resources, attain better financial readiness and understand the goal and impact of the Army mission on daily life.

AFTB Level II Modules train personal growth skills.

Grow personally through self-development modules.  Learn how to improve your communication skills, personal relationships, and stress management skills.  Discover how teams form and grow, how to solve problems and how to resolve personal conflict.  Acquire knowledge on Army traditions, customs, courtesies and protocol.

AFTB Level III Modules train leadership skills.       

Thrive in the Army and civilian life by expanding leadership skills, effective communication techniques and learning to mentor others into leadership positions.   Learn about the different leadership styles, how to run an effective meeting, how to manage group conflict and how to coach and mentor others.

To Develop Strong, Knowledgeable and Engaged Individuals and Communities.

- Army Family Team Building Vision Statement

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AFTB Computer Based Training

The eLearning Center makes AFTB Level 1, 2, and 3 training available to you 24/7 with Computer Based Trainings.

Level 1 Class Descriptions:

  • Lesson 1.1 - Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Family Life
  • Lesson 1.2 - Military Acronyms and Terms
  • Lesson 1.3 - The Chain of Command
  • Lesson 1.4 - Introduction to Military Customs and Courtesies
  • Lesson 1.5 - Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements
  • Lesson 1.6 - Introduction to Military and Civilian Community Resources
  • Lesson 1.7 - Introduction to Family Readiness Groups
  • Lesson 1.8 - Supporting Your Child's Education
  • Lesson 1.9 - Introduction to Family Financial Readiness
  • Lesson 1.10 - Basic Problem Solving