Wordy Wednesday…AFTB!

Okay, folks, it’s that time again.  It’s Wednesday and today’s word is AFTB or Army Family Team Building.  Here is the mission statement for the AFTB classes:

Army Family Team Building Mission Statement

“Our mission is to educate and empower members of the military community to develop skills and encourage behaviors that strengthen self-reliance, promote retention, and enhance readiness.”

Okay, AFTB classes  aren't usually this big.  They are in a smaller, more personal setting so it's a great place to make new friends.  But, you get the idea, right?  :)

Okay, AFTB classes aren’t usually this big. They are in a smaller, more personal setting so it’s a great place to make new friends. But, you get the idea, right? 🙂

I had taken the classes back in 2006 when I was a brand new army wife and was trying to make some sense of this crazy military life.  The curriculum has just been revamped and I had the opportunity to take Level II (now called Level G) last week and it was great!  It was a small class and I got to meet a couple of really cool ladies (and we now have some plans to hang out outside of class- new friends, always a bonus!).  Here are the topics covered in each of the levels:

You don’t have to take the levels in order, so stop by ACS on-post and see which classes they have coming up!  If you don’t live close to an army post or have trouble making it to class, check them out on-line.  It’s not as fun as meeting new people and taking the class in person, but it’s still a way to get some great information.  Check it out at:  http://www.arfp.org/index.php/training/64-aftb-online-training-and-classes


Tricare and Therapy Thursday: Tricare to Close All Walk-in Offices 2014


I don’t know about you, but if I call and get one more automated virtual assistant, I will throw my phone. Whoever invented the “please tell me why you are calling” I will hunt you down. Why? You try calling Tricare or other businesses regarding a question with three screaming kids in the background. It is hard enough without the automated lady; it’s harder when she mistakes your child’s cries as #3 for calling in Chinese. I always felt comfort knowing when something came up I could easily go to our local Tricare office and talk to a live person- in English. However, it looks like even those days are over. Last month it was reported that Tricare will close its walk-in offices due to low number of walk-ins and cost.

In November of this year, Militarytimes.com reported that the 189 walk-in Tricare locations will shut its doors next year (all overseas locations will remain open). So start practicing your Chinese, don’t use a Bluetooth when calling (they seem to never hear me on them) and find a safe, quiet and sane room to conduct your Tricare calls in. And if all else fails- scream human into the phone (yelling “representative” seems to work too).