Relationship Skills for Military

ARC is honored to serve Army, Air Force, Guard, Reserves and Navy with our Strong Bonds Curriculum. Our courses are evidence-based and approved by the Strong Bonds Mission of the Office of the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains.

Our Active Military Mission

We give thanks to those who bravely serve our country. It is not uncommon for a service member, their family or friends to be emotionally affected by their service. That’s why we support our service members and their families with the tools and training to excel during their missions, but to help keep their families together by building strong, healthy, and resilient relationships. Our Active Relationships team is honored to provide service to military chaplains, readiness personnel, members and families.

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What is ARMY Strong Bonds?

Strong Bonds is a program offered for members of the Active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves and their families. It encourages military members and their families to learn and utilize relationship skills and build resiliency. Instructor Training Courses (SBITC) in approved relationships skills programs are offered to Chaplains and unit ministry team members. More information can be found on the Strong Bonds website.

Our ARC Army Strong Bonds Instructor Training Courses are offered through the Office of the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains. Registration for Active Relationships trainings as a part of Strong Bonds can be done through the Strong Bonds website. Please download ARC’s Strong Bonds ordering explanation to learn more about what items are required for events.

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What is AIR FORCE Strong Bonds?

Air Force Strong Bonds is a program offered for members of the Active Air Force, Air Guard and Air Reserves and their families and are often offered by Air Force Chaplains and team members.

Our Air Force Strong Bonds Instructor Training Courses are provided at regular intervals and dates can be viewed at on our training calendar. Registrations are made directly through ARC after your Command has approved your attendance.

No matter whether you are military or not, the program works for everybody...I am certified to teach other programs and I am impressed with this curriculum!
Outstanding. Never received so much [material] from one workshop seminar. The best overall written materials that I have come across. A good value.
This is the most comprehensive resource for military families today...The best. Everything organized perfectly. Anyone can follow the leader’s guide.

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Active Military Life & Resiliency Skills (AML&RS)

Active Military Life & Resiliency Skills retreats were designed for singles and/or couples. AML&RS is a flexible, modular resilience and readiness course with 24 topics that can be adjusted to focus on what matters most to the audience and to their state of deployment. It contains activities for groups of single members, unaccompanied military members and for spouse groups.

Some of the topics in the course:

  • Communication and conflict resolution skills
  • The value of family members’ roles that are staying behind
  • Mindfulness, Depression and Family Safety
  • Money management and respect for roles
  • Anger and emotion management
  • Post-traumatic stress and TBI research
  • Wise choices for a committed relationship
  • Building healthy relationships and keeping marriages strong

Christian Active Military Life & Resiliency Skills (AML&RS)

Also available in hard copy materials and available for onsite and online training, is the Christian version of AML&RS, written from a Christian lens and including Biblical references and prayer.

Active Military Families

Active Military Families (AMF) is designed for the whole family (Ages 3+)! This can be structured for a variety of participants: Dads and kids, Moms and kids, Caregivers and kids, or all of the above! Active Military Families is learning plus fun-filled action that can increase connections and skills for life long success, celebrating strengths of each family and helping members recognize and build on great things about themselves. Retreats can be adjusted to fit a one-day event or as a two or three day retreat.

Some of the topics covered in the course include:

  • Maintaining bonds even when geographically separated
  • Communication how-to’s
  • Displaying and releasing emotions safely & appropriately
  • Family functioning, planning as a team, seeking solutions together
  • Identifying & utilizing strengths of teams & team members
  • Positive thinking, diplomacy and respect
  • Building problem solving logic