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Army Family Team Building (AFTB)


Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is an educational program which provides training to prepare everyone in America's Army to function at the highest level in any given situation. This training was last updated in 2013 and improves personal/family resilience and preparedness, enhancing overall Army readiness. Army Family Team Building offers FREE educational training for Soldiers, Family members and civilians. Classes are open to all, including non-DOD ID card holders. Join us to learn about community resources, military terms, benefits, leadership skills and more. Army Family Team Building welcomes volunteer instructors.

Child care vouchers may be available. Children must be registered for hourly care with Parent Central - parents will make their own child care reservations. All class dates are subject to change.

For more information, please call (915) 569-5500.

Army Family Team Building has something for you...

Living in a military culture can be as challenging as it is rewarding. AFTB will help you get more comfortable in your military environment by learning the military lingo, developing realistic expectations, learning about your benefits and how to access services available to you as a member of the Army Family. Army Family Team Building can help you learn everything you need to know about the Army. This program gives you the oppurtunity to meet others you can relate to and those who know exactly how you feel. AFTB will help you develop a comfort zone with your surroundings, but YOU have to take the first step!

"LEARN" Army:

Transitioning into the Army lifestyle is an important step and we all enter with some concerns.

  • Can I adjust to this new environment?
  • Is the Army culture really different from civilian life?

  • How will my life change and how will I adjust?

  • Will I meet others who feel like I do?

  • Where can I find the resources and services that I need?


"GROW" Personal Skills:

Personal growth happens throughout your life. As a member of the Army family, you can:

  • Continue to develop your personal skills

  • Manage the stress of deployment and your personal time

  • Learn to make better decisions

  • Learn to communicate better

  • Learn how to get out into the community and get involved


"LEAD" Others:

Did you know that you lead others every day without even being aware of it? Have you ever wondered how to:

  • Develop the positive attributes you see in people you admire

  • Effectively lead a group and motivate project teams

  • Find out what makes you tick and operate the way you do

  • Identify your strengths and areas needing improvement

  • Share your experiences

  • Continue to grow professionally

Classes - Online Registration
Personal Growth & Development

Learn communication strategies for personal and professional lives to interact with co-workers, friends and family and ascertain resiliency during crisis, grief and more.

*Additional classes can be scheduled (virtually or in person) upon request and availability.*

Military Knowledge

Learn about military life, decipher acronyms, utilize community resources, acquire personal resiliency concepts and understand the goal and impact of the mission.

*Additional classes can be scheduled (virtually or in person) upon request and availability.*

Leadership Development

Analyze Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and identify motivational strategies, evaluate the importance of group needs and create a personal action plan to meet both individual and group needs. Identify your innate leadership approach and examine the alternative styles of others in order to incorporate various approaches into your personal and professional lives.

*Additional classes can be scheduled (virtually or in person) upon request and availability.*

Formal Functions

Learn the do's and don'ts for a Military Formal.

*Additional classes can be scheduled (virtually or in person) upon request and availability.*

AFTB Class Descriptions

Military Knowledge Concept Blocks

What is Military Life?
Participants will understand the mission, language, commitment required, and challenges of military life. They will be able to communicate, develop and/or update their own realistic expectations and plans to successfully thrive in this Military lifestyle.

What’s In It for Me?
Participants will be able to identify, differentiate, and understand how to access the vast amount of Community resources and Military Benefits & Entitlements that are available to them and their families.

Welcome to Fort Bliss!
Participants will comprehend the organizational, chain of command, basic unit, and rank structure of the military, the Family Readiness Groups and the many social functions to engage in and enjoy military life.

Got Lemons? Make Lemonade
Participants will discuss the definition and characteristic of resilience and develop, and evaluate problem-solving strategies and preparedness plans to increase personal resilience.

Personal Growth and Resiliency Concept Blocks

Who are You Talking To??
Participants will identify and differentiate personality traits, how to use effective communication skills and develop strategies that help them build and maintain healthy personal and professional relationships.

When the Going Get Tough!?!?
Participants will examine change, appraise conflict and access time management skills and techniques that help them develop positive managing strategies to successfully navigate the demands and changes that come with military life.

Bounce Back, Don’t Crack
Participants will examine stress and define resiliency during crisis, grief and loss. They will also examine and employ coping strategies, stress reduction techniques as well as identify military, local and community resources to aid in reducing the effects of stress in their personal and professional lives.

Be Part of the Team
Participants will appraise relationships, interpret healthy relationships, and gain the knowledge of how to step outside of themselves to serve others through volunteerism as they become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives.

Leadership Development Concept Blocks

What Kind of Leader Are You?
Participants will identify their innate leadership approach, examine the alternative styles of others to incorporate various approaches into their personal and professional lives.  Leaders will also gain skills to differentiate between the role of a coach and of a mentor, assess his/hers strengths/challenges and behavior of leaders in these roles as well as identify effective feedback techniques to incorporate into his/her roles as leaders.

Know Your Team
Participants will analyze the behaviors associated with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and create personal action plan that they will use to discuss ways leaders can build strong and cohesive teams that capitalize on positive attitude, understanding their role in the stages of team building, building team commitment while being aware of the characteristics of effective teams.

Communicating Through Conflict
Participants will explore the causes and benefits of conflict and through practical exercises, apply conflict management approaches and develop effective communication strategies to effectively communicate as leaders to teams or individuals.

The Perfect Meeting
Participants will identify and select key elements and techniques needed to successfully develop, conduct and manage meetings in personal, professional and virtual venues.

Formal Functions Made Easy
Participants will learn how to function at a Military social event. We will be offering classes such as; Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies & Traditions, Military Social Functions, Receiving lines, and much more.

Operation Deploy Your Dress
Participants will learn how to function at a Military social event. After the class the participants will have an opportunity to shop for a free dress in a private opening at the Operation Deploy Your Dress Shop.