Engaged couples, newlyweds, and those celebrating many years of marriage can all benefit from marriage enrichment programs. Marriage enrichment programs are available through the Services, as well as local communities. Some programs are tailored to couples in crisis, while others offer general tips for effective communication, managing money, and renewing your marriage commitment. Take some time to research programs and find a good match for you and your spouse or spouse-to-be.
Each Service offers marriage enrichment programs, generally sponsored by the installation chaplain.
Marriage Care is a weekend retreat program designed to help Airmen and their families reintegrate into family life after a deployment. Marriage Care is open to active duty, reserve and National Guard Airmen, and their spouses.
Strong Bonds offers single Soldiers, couples, and families relationship-building skills to thrive within the military lifestyle. The Strong Bonds couple weekend retreat is offered by Army chaplains and is designed to strengthen relationships, inspire hope, and rekindle marriages. Strong Bonds is open to active duty Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air National Guard families.
Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps Program
Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Spiritual Fitness Division provides Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps families with 4 programs offered at 10 locations worldwide. Retreat options include Personal Growth retreats, Warrior Transition retreats, Marriage Enrichment retreats and Family Enrichment retreats. All CREDO retreats are free, including meals and lodging. Registration is required.
National Guard and Reserve Programs
National Guard and Reserve families are eligible for the Service programs listed above, as well as marriage enrichment programs within your state of assignment. Marriage enrichment programs vary by state. While some are Service-specific, many programs are becoming "purple" and welcome families from all Services. If there isn't a marriage enrichment program specific to your Service in your location, don't be afraid to ask a sister-Service if you can attend their program.
Contact your family support center or chaplain for more information about the programs listed above.
Don't forget to look outside the gate. Local churches, non-profit organizations, and community groups also offer marriage preparation and enrichment programs. Unit chaplains or the state Joint Family Assistance Center may have suggestions for specific programs in your area.