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United States Army
Soldier and Family Readiness Branch
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
Army Family Action Plan
Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is an Army-wide program designed to improve Army Quality-of-life. Through AFAP, all members of the Army, including Active, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers, Retirees, Surviving Spouses, DA Civilians and their Family member have a method to voice concerns to Army Leadership and make recommendations for change. For additional information, or to become a part of this great process, contact the AFAP Program staff at the Shoemaker Center, Building #36000, 2nd floor, Darnall Loop, (254) 286-6600 or 287-1127.
Army Family Team Building
The Army Family Team Building Program (AFTB) is a series of 30 classes that are broken down into three levels that focus on Military Knowledge, Personal Growth and Resiliency, and Leadership Development. These progressive instruction classes equip Family members and Soldiers with the tools necessary to navigate through Army life while enhancing personal growth and building leadership skills.
Classes can be taken online. If you do not have an account, click on Register at the top right hand screen. If you have an account, log in, and skip step 2.
Scroll down and click on the VISIT THE ARMY ONESOURCE ONLINE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM link located on the left side of the screen under the list of trainings. This will bring you to the Online Learning Center page.
Select a course and begin your training. Once you have completed your training, you will be able to print your training certificate.
For additional information, contact the AFTB Program staff at the Shoemaker Center, Building #36000, 2nd floor, Darnall Loop, (254) 287-1127.
2nd floor, Darnall Loop, (254) 287-1127.
Army Volunteer Corps
The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), is the center of volunteer recruitment, referral, recognition, and advocacy efforts for Fort Hood. Volunteers are referred to a wide variety of positions throughout the on and off-post communities. Through volunteer service, individuals can learn or enhance skills, get to know the community, meet new people, build their resumes, and more. Organizations wishing to benefit from volunteer service may register their volunteer job descriptions with the Volunteer Center, whose staff will work to fill the positions with the right volunteers. Army Volunteer Corps is located in the Shoemaker Center, Building #36000, 2nd floor, Darnall Loop, phone: (254)-287-VOLS (8657) or 287-2327.
Information about volunteer opportunities can also be found by checking out the Volunteer Management Information System online at MyArmyOneSource.com!
Synopsis of Program Training Courses and Classes
The Mobilization and Deployment Program provides the following training courses: Readiness Essentials for Army Leaders (R.E.A.L.): Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Leader Course, SFRG Key Contact, SFRG Fund Custodian Course, Soldier and Family Readiness Liaison/Assistant (SFRL/A) Course, SFRG for Command Teams; Community Resource Course, CARE Team Course, Rear Detachment Operations Course, Company Commander and First Sergeant Spouse Seminar, and Resilience skills training.
The Mobilization and Deployment Program provides the following deployment cycle support briefings on request: Pre-deployment (personal and Family Readiness), Army Community Service Overview, Redeployment, Reunion and Reintegration for Families, Family Readiness Group Overview, REAL SFRG Foundations/Overview, CARE Team Overview, Deployment Resources Overview, Encouraging Participation in Family Readiness.
The Mobilization and Deployment Program also provides Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness trainings for Soldiers, Family members, Retirees, and DA Civilians. These trainings include Resilience Skills trainings (Resilience Lunch and Learn), Pre and Post Deployment Resilience for Soldiers and Spouses, Post Deployment Resilience Reintegration for Soldiers, Deployment Resilience for spouses.
Mobilization and Deployment is located at the Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, Building #18000, Battalion Avenue, Phone: (254)-288-2794.
Military and Family Life Counselors
The Military and Family Life Counselors provide short-term, solution-oriented consultations in areas of anxiety, stress, adjustments/transition, marital/couple and deployment cycle issues. MFLCs provide services to individuals, couples, families and groups. The MFLCs are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis at the Shoemaker Center, Building 36000, or by calling 254-553-4705.
Soldier and Family Readiness Group Leader Course: A two-day, SFRG leader course, the training addresses establishing and maintaining SFRGs. Students successfully completing this training receive an Installation Management Command certificate of training.
SFRG for Command Teams: Commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants receive a three-hour block of instruction providing insight into SFRG operations and their value to command teams in enhancing soldier and family readiness. It addresses the partnership role between the command team and SFRG leaders; reviews the basics of SFRG funding; offers volunteer management and recruiting concepts. Attendees receive an IMCOM certificate of training.
SFRG Key Contact Course: This is a three-hour training course that provides complete training and resources for Family Readiness Group key callers. Attendees receive an IMCOM certificate of training.
SFRG Fund Custodian Course: This is a three-hour training course that provides complete training and resources for FRG fund custodians. Attendees receive an IMCOM certificate of training.
Community Resource Course: This is a two-day training course providing subject matter expert instruction on the available resources to assist SFRG volunteers, soldiers and families. Guest speakers include each of the seven different Army Community Service branches, American Red Cross, Military OneSource, military and family life consultants; child, youth and school services; and TRICARE. Students are provided training on internet resources and specialized scenario-based training. Certificate of training granted upon completion.
CARE Team Training: This is a five-hour training that prepares volunteers participating in unit CARE Teams to assist families in crisis due to injury, death of a soldier or a family member. Focus is on assisting the family and soldier with what comes next after the critical situation has occurred. It addresses CARE team function, grief/bereavement management, casualty operations, resilience for caregivers and survivor assistance programs. The program identifies elements, roles, responsibilities and expectations of volunteers assisting a soldier or family member in critical need. Certificate of training granted upon completion.
Rear Detachment Operations/Home Station Mission Command Course: This is a three-day training course providing rear detachment personnel with information and resources intrinsic to successfully accomplishing the rear detachment mission. Forty different SMEs provide interactive training throughout the course. Certificate of training granted upon completion.
Command Family Readiness Representative Course: This is a two-day classroom training on the standards of conduct and performance for the CFRR and Family Readiness Support Assistance. Training is mandatory for all newly assigned CFRR/FRSA personnel (must attend within 30 days of appointment). This training is required for soldiers recently appointed to special duty as the unit CFRR. Attendees receive an ACS Certificate of Training.
Resilience Training: Resilience training is available to soldiers, family members, Department of the Army civilians, retirees, contractors and their family members. The training can be presented by a number of methods the primary being a monthly skill “Resilience Lunch and Learn” class that provides interactive workgroup-based training focusing on thriving in challenging situations and bouncing back from adversity. Core competencies include mental toughness, optimizing performance, increasing self-awareness and self-regulation, identifying character strengths, and focusing on life coping skills. ACS also offers pre- and post-deployment resilience training for soldiers and spouses and modular resilience skills training upon request by units, SFRGs and installation organizations.
Resilience Skills: Resilience training is offered during the lunch hour. A skill from the resilience core skills curriculum is presented to students providing them insight into what resilience training is and what it can do to enhance their living skills. The intent is that students will like what they receive and will be motivated to attend monthly to learn the full resilience skill sets. Any student completing the full 14 skills provided will receive a certificate of completion.
Quarterly Resilience Expos: Resilience expos are offered on a quarterly basis. These events focus on different aspects of resilience showing that resilience is not just 14 skills. Resilience is present in most everything we do, building strong relationships, connections and self-awareness. Resilience Expos help to build on those and other Master Resilience Training competencies.