My Army Life, too.

Okay, so I’m not Army.  Which is probably why I didn’t know about this website,

I went to this website to learn more about Army Family Team Building (AFTB), which are a series of classes that teach subjects of interest to military members and their families, beginning with basics such as Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements, or Military Acronyms and Terms, and moving through to more complex topics such as Family Readiness Groups and the Deployment Cycle.

What I found was much more: 

From the homepage of the website, you can quickly link to information about moving, taxes, deployment, education and kid’s stuff.  While some of it is Army specific, much of it is appropriate for all the services.  As best as I can tell, the website is mostly links to other sites, put together in a fairly logical format.  And if you click on the Family Members tab on the top of the page, you will
also find links to information specific to Guard and Reserve families.

In addition to the basic AFTB classes, there are also special classes dealing with financial planning, internet safety for kids, deployment preparation, and planning for retirement.  All of these classes are available to be taken online – great if you have small children or aren’t near AFTB classes!


You must register to use the good parts of this website.  If you are not Army or affiliated with an Army group, there is an option under the Military Community Affiliation field to enter "other."  This site does utilize Internet Explorer and doesn’t play well with other browsers.  The site is an official military website, so it is designed to give out information and doesn’t really have much of a sense of community.  You’ll have to stick to SpouseBUZZ for that!

This may not be news to most of you Army folks, but as a Navy spouse, I found it to be very informative.  I would be curious to know if this is new to you, and if you have found it useful.  I like having a virtual bookshelf full of resources that I can turn to, and I’m putting this on my list. 

About the Author

She of the Sea

Oh dear - SpouseBUZZ wants a bio from me. I hate writing bios! What do you want to know? I'm a Navy wife and have been for something less than 20 years. I have four daughters who are approaching the teenage years faster than I can drink a Diet Coke. I love writing for SpouseBUZZ because I know that someone out there understands whatever it is I am saying. I also write about money at The Paycheck Chronicles and I am studying for the Certified Financial Planner exam. This year, I have managed to avoid most of my usual volunteer responsibilities (Girl Scouts, PTO, church, etc.) so that I can focus on helping out at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. It also allows me to make decent but unappreciated dinners and keep relatively up on the laundry.

Still haven't learned to get Christmas cards out on time, though.

9 Comments on "My Army Life, too."

  1. liberal army wife | February 26, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    well… I am Army, and never heard of that before! Guess I better go check it out.

  2. As an Army spouse, I'm very resourceful and have many internet sites on my favs list. myarmylifetoo being one of them.
    Very helpful info.

  3. I stumbled across the site awhile back but haven't really got into the details of everything there. Seems to cover all the bases though.
    I'm curious about the vFRG tool they have linked. We are rebuilding our FRG from the ground up and are looking at website options. This seems like a secure way to do it but I'm concerned with the ease of running the site and the ease of access for family members. Anyone have experience with this program?

  4. This website is great and I am highly impressed that spouses from other services are interested in what is offered. I often find myself looking at websites for other branches of service and I am grateful for all of the information that is available. It helps my learning curve! :)
    Thanks for the reminder of a great site!

  5. HH7, email me about vFRG –
    I've done some of the AFTB modules online. It's definitely useful for those who are younger and completely clueless about the military, but has some very useful info even if you're older and/or with some experience. I haven't progressed to level two though. Hopefully I'll be at a post eventually and get to take it "in real life."

  6. Agree! This is one of the better sites, run by any of the branches of service, for detailing and getting spouses and family members information, fast!
    Thanks for highlighting it and it's now in my "favorites" for future use.
    HH7 — sorry, no experience but would it be possible for you to work your way around the site and get a demo set-up by the webmaster? Maybe?

  7. OK, so I'm not army either… but want to tell you about the friendship stone which is perfect for you and your soldier! It's a great small but meaningful gift that is perfect to feel, look at and hold yourself, as well as for your spouse far away; a small beautiful piece of smooth varigated Tiger's Eye stone to represent your love wherever either of you are! It's natures token of emotional support and bond for both you and your soldiers. It carries many other positive messages which you can read about and let us know what you think!
    An anonymous donor recently gave 864 packages of the friendship stones to soldiers in the Washington area to say 'thank you for putting your life on the line for us'. We SO appreciate our military and recognize that each of you give so much, for us – Thank you!

  8. Thanks Erin, I sent you an email!
    Maint Toad1, thanks for the tip. I might check out the webmaster too. I've navigated as far as I can go and read through the FAQs but of course still have questions! Go figure.

  9. another wonderful site is
    It has everything you need and more, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 366 (leap year) days a year.

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