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ACS offers revised Army Family 
Team Building course

      Personnel in the Fort McCoy community who want to learn more about the Army and military life are encouraged to take Army Family Team Building (AFTB) courses.

Photo: Candy Weiss, the Army Community Service Army Family Team Building Volunteer Program manager, provides instruction during a revised Army Family Team Building Level III program at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Candy Weiss, the Army Community Service Army Family Team Building Volunteer Program manager, provides instruction during a revised Army Family Team Building Level III program at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      The installation Army Community Service (ACS) office offered the newly revised AFTB Level III Course March 20. AFTB Level III is a more- streamlined and a higher-caliber course than before, said David Blakeman, ACS Army Family Team Building program manager. Previous editions of the training had areas that were specific to military groups.

      In an effort to keep AFTB Level III materials up to date, many of the previously offered modules were eliminated and incorporated into Operation READY materials specifically designed for military groups, he said.

      The modules offered in the newest edition of AFTB Level III are more relevant to the modern way of military living and present the latest techniques in personal and professional development.

      Likewise, the newly revised  modules of AFTB Level II also do not specifically target an intended audience, which makes the AFTB Level II and Level III modules a more-viable resource to anyone attending the courses.

      Even though AFTB delineates its courses by levels, it is important to know it is not required to take the courses in a progressive manner, he said.

      The levels serve as identifiers to help individual students choose the courses they wish to take, he said. The AFTB program is designed so that personnel can take as few or as many courses as they wish to meet their needs to become more knowledgeable about the Army and Army life, Blakeman said.

      Level I is an introduction to the military and personal development concepts. Level II focuses on personal/family development concepts, and Level III brings together personal and professional development concepts designed to enhance leadership skills.

      Fort McCoy ACS offers the modules quarterly. The offerings are designed to meet customers' needs and may be offered in a block of multiple courses during a single session.

      Participants don't have to take the whole sessions of courses if only one or two will meet their needs.

      As an added convenience to community members, the AFTB modules can be presented, upon request, to any Fort McCoy agency at any location, Blakeman said.

      To obtain a request for training and to view or preview available modules, interested personnel are advised to go to the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on the ACS schoolhouse or call ACS for a training consultation at (608) 388-3505.

      More information about the Army-level AFTB program also is available at the Web site http://www.myarmylifetoo.com.

 

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