Building 632, Wright Avenue, (717) 245-4720

Army Family Team Building

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a volunteer-based Family training and readiness program whose mission is to educate and empower members of the military community to develop skills and behaviors that strengthen self-reliance, promotes retention, and enhances readiness. The AFTB assists members of the Army (Soldiers, spouses, civilians, & youth) to adapt to Army life, manage change, and accept challenges. AFTB strives to provide pro-active, forward thinking support for today's Families and ensure the strength of tomorrow's Army.

Levels of Training

Level I Survival Skills
Level I provides basic information and skills needed by all military spouses.

Level 1 teaches:
  • Military terms
  • Acronyms
  • Customs and courtesies
  • The chain of command
  • Basic benefits and entitlements
  • Basic benefits and entitlements
  • Expectations and impact of the mission on Family life
  • Introduction to Family financial readiness
  • Introduction to Family financial readiness
  • Basic problem solving
  • Supporting your child's education
Level II Thriving Skills
Level II is targeted towards emerging leaders within the Army Community.

Level II focuses on:
  • Communication
  • Personal time management
  • Stress management
  • Acknowledging change
  • Exploring personality traits
  • Enhancing personal relationships
  • Team dynamics
  • Personal conflict management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Traditions, customs, courtesies, and protocol
  • Coping and grieving
  • The volunteer experience
  • Family readiness groups and the development cycle
  • Introduction to leadership
Level III Arriving Skills
Level III courses offer training to enhance the professional growth and leadership development opportunities of Family members, especially those who might assume advisory and mentoring roles within the community and unit.

Level III concentrates on:
  • Communication skills for leaders
  • Understanding needs
  • Managing group conflict
  • Leader assisted problem solving
  • Delegation for leaders
  • Building a cohesive team
  • Meeting management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Family readiness group leadership
Level IV Instructor Training
Level IV courses prepare volunteers to become instructors for the AFTB program. Because we are an all volunteer corps, recruitment for instructors is an ongoing process. We encourage all spouses, Soldiers, retirees, and DA Civilians who express an interest in our program to sign on as an instructor. Our diversified corps of volunteers currently includes spouses, Soldiers and retirees representing all of Carlisle Barracks.

Or call (717) 245-4357 to reserve a seat


Class Information

Training materials such as course books, pens and pencils will be provided. We want you to be comfortable while in training, but please dress appropriately. A sweater or jacket may be needed due to temperature changes

Carlisle Barracks Army Community Center

Phone: (717)245-4357
DSN: 242-4357

Carlisle Barracks
Building 632
Wright Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.