Which Venue Should I Register For?
Singles Event: Register for if you are not legally married. Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-6 (must be registered in DEERS). You may NOT bring a significant other or a friend. If you would like to bring a child(ren) age 7 or older, register for the Family venue instead.
Couples Event: Register for if you are bringing your spouse (must be enrolled in DEERS). For the maximum benefit of this retreat, we recommend you do not bring children to this event. However, if you cannot find alternative childcare, we provide free childcare for children ages 0-6. If you bring a child 7 or older, you must register for the Family venue instead.
Family Event: Register for if you and your spouse are brining a child(ren) age 7 and older. All dependents must be enrolled in DEERS. Children ages 7 and older will attend all the Family Training with you. Single parents may attend this venue with their child(ren). Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-6.
Soldiers must live within 400 miles of the event location for which they register.
|12-14 Feb 16||New Orleans, LA||Couples/Singles|
|18-20 Mar 16||Orlando, FL||Couples/Family|
|20-22 May 16||Nashville, TN||Couples/Singles|
|17-19 Jun 16||Savannah, GA||Couples/Singles/Family|
|22-24 Jul 16||Ft. Walton Beach, Fl||Couples/Singles/Family|
|12-14 Aug 16||Charlotte, NC||Couples/Singles/Family|
or SFC WIGGINS AT 803-751-9638
Strong Bonds is the premier Army training program designed to increase Soldier and Family member readiness and resiliency through relationship education and skills training. There is compelling evidence that Soldiers who build successful marriages and relationships are more productive, suffer fewer illnesses (including PTSD), and are more likely to reenlist in the Army. As a member of the Army Reserve, you are eligible to attend a Strong Bonds weekend with your spouse or Family every other year. If you are single, we have events for you, too! The 81st RSC funds your pay, travel, meals, and per diem for you and your dependents. In other words, this program is of no cost to your unit.
In FY15, 32% of Strong Bonds attendees within the 81st RSC were AGR Soldiers. We love our AGR Soldiers, but we aim to increase the ratio of TPU Soldiers attending Strong Bonds events in FY16. We also have a disproportional number of officers attending Strong Bonds events, in relation to enlisted Soldiers. Please help us spread the word about Strong Bonds down to the lowest level!
We attempted to strategically position our FY16 Strong Bonds event locations so that all Soldiers within the 81st RSC footprint fall within 400 miles of at least one event. Mileage exceptions that exceed 400 miles may be considered for Soldiers in extenuating circumstances, such as deployment, or those living farther than 400 miles from all the event locations.
Registration requests may be submitted for the attached Strong Bonds events atStrong Bonds Registration/User View.aspx
A CAC Card is required to access the registration site. Recommend you use internet explorer as your browser, as other browsers may or may not work.
Each venue has a cap, and when they are full, the event will close. Please register early to ensure a training seat. Dependents must be enrolled in DEERS in order to be approved to attend.
If you live in Puerto Rico, you will attend Strong Bonds training events in Puerto Rico, sponsored by the First MSC. Please contact your Chaplain/Chain of Command for your Strong Bonds dates and information.
Note: FY16 Strong Bonds will provide childcare for dependent children ages 0-6 for all of our events: Singles, Couples and Families.
If you have difficulties or questions please email or call the 81st Strong Bonds Team at:
POC: Sgt. 1st Class Wiggins at 803-751-9638