The Indiana Army National Guard’s Strong Bonds program helps soldiers and their families build, strengthen, preserve and restore strong relationships by teaching skills that are useful in the military and in life. These skills include relationships, communication, conflict resolution, resiliency and teamwork. The chaplain-led relationship training is conducted in a retreat format, where soldiers and their families can “get away” in order to focus on their relationships. Training events are relaxed, fun, engaging and discussion-based. These events are open to any eligible soldier, whether married, dating or single. Strong Bonds events take place across Indiana and are FREE to attend (transportation to and from the events is not included).
Title 10, Chapter 88, Section 1789 and paragraph 16-6e AR 165-1 (Annex F) states the authority for participation in chaplain-led events:
Active Duty Soldiers, Reserve Component (ARNG and USAR) Soldiers in an active status, and their immediate family members are eligible to participate in Strong Bonds training events.
“Immediate family members” means: 1) The member’s spouse or 2) Any child of the member as described in 10 USC 1072, subparagraph (2)(D) and subparagraph (6).
No authority exists for Department of the Army (DA) civilians to participate in the Strong Bonds program.
Strong Bonds is a U.S. Army program authorized and funded to provide support to soldiers and their families; attendance at Strong Bonds events is restricted to soldiers and Army families.
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