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Strong Bonds Program

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If most couples say they are happy, why does one out of every two couples end up divorced?

On any given day, almost 90% of couples say they were happy in their marriage, yet the divorce rate is over 50%. How can this be?

Research suggests that marital breakdown is often like the build-up before a mud slide. Years of erosion underneath the ground's surface can go unnoticed - until that final rainstorm hits. Then the whole hill comes sliding down.

Unfortunately, no one goes through life "rainstorm-free." Stresses like staying afloat financially, raising children, work concerns, planning for the future, etc... affect every couple. The PREP Approach is designed to help you protect your marriage from erosion, as well as regain any ground you may have lost.


Healthy relationships contribute to the maintenance of a healthy Army and a secure future force. With increasing demands placed on Soldiers and Families, to include both frequent deployments and duty relocation, intimate relationships are fully tested.

Research shows that training in communication skills, intimacy, and conflict management increases marital satisfaction and reduces rates of Family violence.

Building Army Family resiliency is part of a strategic approach to cope with the high operational demand placed on today’s Army.

Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led program for commanders which builds relationship resiliency. The Strong Bonds mission is to increase Soldier and Family readiness through relationship education and skills training.

Four Strong Bonds programs applied to the Army Force Generation cycle help Single-Soldiers, Couples and Families to thrive in the turbulence of the military environment.

Attendees voluntarily participate in a Strong Bonds offsite retreat format designed to maximize relationship training impact. The retreat or “get away” provides an emotionally safe and secure training environment in which to address the effect of military lifestyle stressors.

Single Soldiers, Married Couples, Families and Phases of Deployment.

  1. Strong Bonds for Singles. Focuses on skills for building a great relationship, managing expectations, making healthy choices, coping, resiliency, and finding the right partner.
  2. Strong Bonds for Married Couples. Strengthens the marital bond, giving couples the tools and information they need for better communication and relationship building.
  3. Strong Bonds – Families. Teaches effective communication and listening skills to parents and children; builds parental skills to help care for and manage children. Note. Children are active participants for all Strong Bonds – Families Retreats.
  4. Strong Bonds – Families of Deployed. Provides the tools to enable Families to not just survive, but thrive in the midst of their Soldier’s deployment. Note. Children are active participants for all Strong Bonds – Families of Deployed Training events.
  5. Strong Bonds – PreDeployment. Module(s) identifying unique challenges single Soldiers, married couples, and Army Families will face and planning how they will manage their relationships through the stress of pre-deployment.
  6. Strong-Bonds – Reintegration. Provides tools to assist Soldiers and their Families with issues pertaining to the transition from the battlefield to the home front, as Family members adjust to disrupted routines and challenges of reconnection.

Office of the Chaplain: 317-247-3300 ext. 4951

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