Classes at your military installation

Army Family Team Building (AFTB)
The Army Family Team Building, or AFTB, program is a series of training modules designed for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians.

The modules enhance knowledge about the military and develop leadership skills of participants.

AFTB is the primary education and training mechanism for Army families. It provides families with information, knowledge and skills necessary to become self-reliant, strong, and resilient.

Are you interested in...

  • Understanding military life better?
  • Getting to know your military community and what it has to offer?
  • Finding friends and networking outside your spouse's command?
  • A cozy place with a warm atmosphere that provides complimentary snacks and free babysitting?

...Then COMPASS is for you!

COMPASS is a standardized Team-Mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses. COMPASS focuses on spouses new to the Navy, however; ALL Navy spouses are welcome. COMPASS improves quality of life through education, enabling spouses to understand, experience and meet the challenges of the Navy lifestyle. With this knowledge and realistic expectations, their journeys can be successful and rewarding. 

COMPASS is a 12-hour program taught in three four-hour sessions. With Mentors acting as discussion leaders, participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in a non-judgmental climate. Participants are introduced to many aspects of the Navy. The standardized curriculum includes need-to-know topics such as the Navy mission, history, organization, customs and traditions, rights and benefits, deployment, pay, moving, interpersonal communication, and investing in self and community.

Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge & Skills Training L.I.N.K.S. (Marine Corps)
L.I.N.K.S. is a volunteer, team-mentoring program, designed by Marine Corps spouses. The program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping  spouses, Marines, children and teens, and parents/extended family members understand and adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. While the curriculum targets those who are new to the Marine Corps community, the information is very beneficial at all levels of Marine Corps experience.

L.I.N.K.S. provides information on:
  • Marine Corps history, tradition and language
  • Benefits and services
  • Financial awareness
  • Dealing with separation and deployments
  • Tips on moving
  • Effective communication

All Marines, spouses, children, teens, and parents of Marines are eligible to participate in L.I.N.K.S. Additionally, other Service Members and spouses serving with Marines, and Marine Corps civilian employees and spouses are eligible to participate.


Military social media directories

VA Medical Facilities
At VA, our mission is to get the right information to the right veteran at the right time. 
Millions of veterans and their family members use social media each day, so we're continuously expanding our online effort.

In the social media directory, you'll find links to all VA organizations currently using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and blogs.

Air Force
This Air Force social media directory is a one-stop-shop of official Air Force social media pages across various social media sites.

Social media is an integral part of Army and Department of Defense operations. This site is designed to serve as a consolidated registry and resource for all information regarding official Army presences on public social media sites.

Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps operates social media sites and communities where people can go to share, communicate and gather information and stories about the Corps.

The directory is a one-stop-shop of Navy social media pages across various social media sites.


Military terms, ranks, structure, etc.

Basics of the United States Military
U.S. Military 101 presented by

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Here you can browse the DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. Can also download a PDF version.

Glossary of Military Slang
Military slang is a set of colloquial terms which are unique to or which originated with military personnel. They are often abbreviations or derivations of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, or otherwise incorporating aspects of formal military concepts and terms. Military slang is also used to reinforce the (usually friendly) interservice rivalries. Some of these terms have been considered derogatory to varying degrees and attempts have been made to eliminate them.

Military for the purposes of this article means armed forces and therefore this article includes naval and air forces slang as well as the military slang of armies.

Military Cultural Competence training
Military Cultural Competence introduces you to the military world. Includes topics such as: military rank structure, branches of service, terms (general and deployment), and more.


Official military websites

The Department of Defense

The United States Army

The United States Air Force

The United States Navy

The United States Marine Corps

The United States Coast Guard

The Department of Homeland Security


Online awards database

Military Awards for Valor
America has a time-honored tradition of recognizing the acts of valor performed by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The lists included at the links below allow you to share in this tradition and honor those individuals awarded our nation's most prestigious valor awards.
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