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ACS Volunteer Program

The Army Community Service (ACS) Volunteer Program offers valuable opportunities to gain experience and directly impact change within Army Community Service programs. Our ACS Volunteers are eligible to receive 10 hours per week in free childcare. For CYS registration information, please visit CYS Parent and Outreach Services.

Available volunteer opportunities for ACS and other installation activities may be found by visiting Army One Source. All volunteers must be registered in the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS), accessible through the Army One Source website.

For further information on how you may become an “essential piece” of the ACS Volunteer Program, please contact us or download the ACS Volunteer Program brochure (.pdf).

Army Family Team Building

Your Journey Towards Success Begins With Us

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a Family resiliency and readiness training program that provides participants with an understanding of Army culture, and the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the military community. Additionally, AFTB offers Company Command Team Spouse Training to prepare spouses to assume additional responsibilities as Soldiers progress through their positions.

  • Army Family Team Building
    Army Family Team Building (AFTB) empowers you, through self-development and leadership skills, basic Army knowledge and specialized training, to maximize your personal and professional potential. 
    • AFTB (Level I) Military Knowledge (K) Modules train basic information about the Army: You’ll learn about Army life and how to manage daily challenges by discovering how to decipher Army acronyms, use community resources, attain better financial readiness, and understand the goal and impact of the Army mission on daily life.
    • AFTB (Level II) Personal Growth and Resiliency (G) Modules train personal growth skills: Learn how to improve your personal relationships, communication and stress-management skills. Discover how teams form and grow, how to solve problems, and how to resolve personal conflict. You’ll also learn about Army traditions, customs, courtesies and protocol.
    • AFTB (Level III) Leadership Development (L) Modules train leadership skills: Thrive in the Army and civilian life by expanding leadership skills. You'll learn effective communication techniques and how to mentor others into leadership positions. You’ll understand the different leadership styles, how to run an effective meeting, manage group conflict, and how to be an effective coach. 

AFTB improves personal and family preparedness. It enhances overall Army readiness and the ability for America’s Army to adapt to a changing world.

For more information, contact your Army Community Service Family Program office or Army OneSource.

  • Class Descriptions
    AFTB is organized into three levels and is taught through interactive classes. The training can be done for a unit, team, or FRG group. We also take AFTB on the road and bring it you. AFTB is also available in concept blocks for professional development, team building, leadership training, and personal development seminars. A brief description of the AFTB levels are as follows:
    • Military Knowledge (K Level)
      The K Level is crucial for those who are new to the Army. Students are introduced to basic terms, acronyms and resources that are needed in order to successfully transition into the Army lifestyle. The first level includes such topics as: Military Acronyms and Terms; Custom, Courtesies, and Traditions; Community Resources; Chain of Command, and Military Social Functions. Military Knowledge is not just for new military spouses but also for long-term Army spouses by showing them the “new” within the Army.
    • Personal Growth and Resiliency (G Level)
      The G Level classes include: Problem Solving Strategies; Exploring Personality Traits; Growing Through Change; Overcoming Stress; Improving Personal Relationships; and Effective Conflict Management.
    • Leadership Development (L Level)
      Offers training to enhance an individual’s professional growth and leadership skills. Topics include: Resolving Conflict; Establishing Team Dynamics; Developing Great Meetings; and Effective Communication for Leaders; Examining Your Leadership Style; and Virtual Meetings.  Concepts from G and L are ideal for trainings for organizations, nits, and FRG trainings and coffee groups.
    • ITC/BTC Training
      To become an AFTB Instructor individuals must take all three levels and then attend the ITC/BTC. This course gives you all the skills you will need to be a successful AFTB Instructor.  You will learn platform skills, methods of instruction, the Adult Learner, Managing the Learning Environment and the Preparation Process.
    • Company Command Team Spouse’s Training
      This course is designed for the new members of the Company Command Team, First Sergeants, Sergeant Majors, and Company Commanders' spouses. Spouses will learn information and skills they will need to take on the role of an informed, involved and productive member of the Company Command Team.
  • Class Calendar
    Click here to view ACS class calendars
Army Volunteer Corps

Volunteers are required to be registered in the central database, as well as reporting hours each month.

Fort Bragg units/organizations are now on line with the new Department of Army Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) at Army One Source! You may search for volunteer opportunities, log your hours, and document training and awards all on one site.  The information travels with you when you PCS or ETS, and provides you with a complete volunteer history whether you’re just tracking your volunteer activities, or using the information to search for employment. Available volunteer opportunities can be found by accessing Army One Source.  Click on the “Volunteer Tools” tab (in the upper right hand corner). Search by community (Fort Bragg), and by organization (the organization you wish to volunteer in).

Volunteer Manager Training Schedule

Training is offered throughout the year for those individuals in units, installation activities, and registered private organizations who manage volunteers. The various training opportunities provide knowledge/skills to enable you to manage your volunteers within the Army Volunteer Management Information System, write effective award nominations, understand the administrative and legal issues involved with managing Army Volunteers, etc. All training opportunities are open to Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA), Family Readiness Liaisons (FRL), Family Readiness Group (FRG) leadership, as well as agency/private organization volunteer coordinators.  Training is also open to commanders (to include rear detachment), senior spouses, etc. – anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of managing Army volunteers.

VMIS Registration Incentives

New incentives (.jpg) available just for registering and logging hours!

Registration is important to your unit/organization chain of command, and the installation. It provides valuable information on the number of volunteers, the types of work volunteers are performing, and the amount of time worked. This information provides the command with the big picture as to how our volunteers are supporting our Soldiers, their Families, and the mission. 

As part of the Bragg Bucks Program, when you register in VMIS and log your hours each month, your hours can be “cashed” in for various items such as totes, portfolios, tumblers, etc. Hours must be entered during the current open period, and logged appropriately by day and not by period. Only hours logged for Fort Bragg units/organizations since October 2009 count toward the program.

Each volunteer registered in VMIS and logging hours can also earn a lapel pin for every 250 hours documented.  The basic lapel pin is earned with the initial 250 hours, and then wings are added for each additional 250 hours.  Wings are available in increments of 250 hours through 2,500 hours. Pins are available in for pickup the AVC office at any time after you reach each individual goal.  Hours must be certified by your OPOC prior to claiming your pin.

Can’t get into the office to pick up your pin? Email us (at the link at the top of the page) with your name, organization, and mailing address. As long as the information is properly input into VMIS, we can verify it and drop your pin in the mail within a few days!

Iron Mike Awards Ceremony Photos

Photos taken at the Iron Mike Awards Ceremonies will be posted on the Army Volunteer Corps Facebook Page.

Types of Volunteers

Installation volunteers fall into three categories:  statutory, private organization, and gratuitous service. 

  • Statutory volunteers are those volunteers authorized by federal statute (10 USC 1588) to provide services in certain Department of Defense activities such as MWR, family programs, museums, chaplain, child care, etc.  Statutory volunteers, when acting within the scope of their position description, are provided certain benefits by law such as worker’s compensation.
  • Private organization volunteers are part of non-federal entities authorized to operate on the installation.  These organizations contribute to the overall installation mission, but their volunteers are not considered statutory.  All liability for incidents/accidents or injury to the volunteer are the responsibility of the private organization.
  • Gratuitous service volunteers provide services to organizations not covered under the federal statute, and do so with no expectation of compensation or benefit coverage.

Applicable Volunteer Policies and Regulations

Required Volunteer Registration Forms

Per AR 608-1, all statutory volunteers must register, complete a volunteer agreement, and have a position description PRIOR to starting work. In addition, the regulation requires volunteers to document all hours worked.  Registration in the VMIS at Army One Source eliminates the need for the following forms: 

  • Don’t Need DA 4162, Volunteer Service Record (generated when registered in VMIS)
  • Don’t Need DA 4713, Volunteer Daily Time Record (generated when registered in VMIS)
  • Need DD Form 2793, Mar 2018 (.pdf)*
    This form is position specific and must be signed by the volunteer and the unit/organization accepting official prior to starting work. A separate DD Form 2793 must be completed/signed for each statutory activity in which the volunteer works. The original must be maintained in the unit/organization files, and a copy uploaded to VMIS in the Volunteer VSR under the Files Tab. The DD Form 2793 is not applicable to private organization or gratuitous service volunteers.

    *This version (Mar 2018) replaces the May 2009 version. New forms do not have to be completed unless the volunteer position in the organization has changed.

Award Information & Nomination Form

Army Family Action Plan

The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues, feedback, ideas, and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t, and how you think problems can be resolved. We give Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, Army Civilians, Retirees, Survivors, and Family members a primary tool to help identify issues and concerns and shape your standards of living.

You can submit issues at your garrison’s Army Community Service office or to a unit Family Programs liaison. Army OneSource also facilitates AFAP issues online and makes sure your concerns get the attention they deserve. The information you submit gives Army leadership insight and helps foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community.

AFAP makes a meaningful difference. Since AFAP was created in 1983, over 698 issues have been submitted, resulting in 128 legislative changes, 186 Department of Defense or Army policy changes, and 210 improved programs or services.

Here’s a sample of AFAP results:  

  • Dedicated Special Needs Space in Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS)
  • Distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents  
  • Annual Leave carryover increase from 60 to 75 days 
  • Extended educational benefits for Spouses
  • Dental and visual insurance coverage for Federal Employees
  • Medical Coverage for Activated Reserve Component Families
  • Military pay table (targeted pay raises) 
  • Military Thrift Savings Plan 
  • TRICARE for Life for eligible Retirees
  • Funding for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (B.O.S.S.)
  • Active Duty Enlisted Soldier Compassionate Reassignment Stabilization
  • SGLI increases
  • Minimum standards for Army Child Care
  • In-state tuition for Military Dependents

To submit an issue or suggestion, go to your local Army Community Service office or Army OneSource.

Submit an Issue

AFAP offers you, a member of the Fort Bragg community, the opportunity to improve life at our installation and the United States Army.

After you submit your issue, your issue is addressed through the AFAP process. During the year, it is sent to the agency or organization that can provide feedback about how to solve the issue. It is then included among the issues addressed during the annual Fort Bragg Installation AFAP Conference, typically held during the fall. Conference delegates that demographically represent Fort Bragg will discuss and prioritize what they think are the most critical issues. These issues are presented to the Commanding General for resolution. 

Here are some tips that will help to make your issue understandable:

  • Be specific. You do not have to include great detail, but the more detail you provide the better we can address your issue.
  • It is not mandatory that you include your name or email address. However, sometimes we may need additional information or clarification and may need to contact the individual submitting the issue. We are only able to do this if you provide that information to us. A first name and email address would be sufficient.
  • Make suggestions for improvements. Your suggestions will help to clarify your issue.
  • All issues are considered. However, it may take time for the results of your issue to be seen. You may always follow up on an issue through the AFAP office.
  • If you would like to confirm that your issue was received by the AFAP Program Manager, contact the AFAP office.

List only one issue per email and please include your recommendation for a solution.

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If you would like to submit an issue for review, please email us! Please follow the guidelines listed above when submitting your issue.

Community Town Hall

The Community Town Hall is a quarterly forum used to provide information on current events and to address issues that directly affect the Fort Bragg Community. Community members have the opportunity to improve programs and services by recommending solutions to issues/concerns. The Community Town Hall is a mini-AFAP, which allows for issues to be addressed quickly by the appropriate agencies. The Town Hall is chaired by the Garrison Commander and is open to the community.

Submit an Issue

You have an issue if it…

  • Relates to a well-being concern for Fort Bragg, the Army or Department of Defense
  • Troubleshoots problem areas
  • Presents a realistic solution or a creative alternative
  • Impacts the Fort Bragg community
  • Appears attainable after considering current political and resource environments
  • Cannot be resolved via the Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) feedback system

Instructions:

  1. List only one issue per email.
  2. State your issue clearly and concisely, along with a possible solution/solutions.
  3. For clarification of issues, please provide your contact information. Names and emails are not shared and remain private. Providing contact information allows us to directly address issues in a timely manner.
  4. Issues must be submitted at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting in order to be addressed at that meeting.
  5. If you would like to confirm that your issue was received, contact the Community Town Hall office.

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If you would like to submit an issue for review, please email us! Please follow the guidelines listed above when submitting your issue.

 

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