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Liz and other Army spouses have been taking part in a training session through the Family Team Building Program on post. Liz and other Army spouses have been taking part in a training session through the Family Team Building Program on post.
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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - We can all imagine how tough it is to be a soldier, but keep in mind that being a military spouse is no piece of cake either.

Liz Raub is new to both. The Rochester, N.Y. native and her husband of three months have been at Fort Benning since mid-July.

"It's the first and biggest transition of my life thus far, and right now we have to get used to the heat."

Liz and other Army spouses have been taking part in a training session through the Family Team Building Program on post.

Director Oscar Edwards explains. "It's an opportunity to educate the spouses on all the resources, the tools that are available to equip them for their life within the military."

Even though the Army is new to her, Liz says the sessions have been informative. "So far I've learned everything from military etiquette, which I am very passionate about as I used to teach etiquette in New York, and I've learned about budgeting and different finance things."   

 Not all of the spouses are new arrivals. Some have years of experience both here and elsewhere. Kathy Kraft, for instance, can rattle off her husband's assignments like naming her children."

"Benning, Korea, Benning, Drum, Benning, Polk, Benning. So really only three posts, but we've been here four times."

Why would someone with that much experience need the training?

"It's a refresher on everything. The acronyms have changed since we originally came in back in 1994. The brigade structures we talked about yesterday, that's changed since when my husband originally came in. It's constantly changing, so there's always something new to learn."   

Edwards emphasizes that the training is open to everyone on post.

"We'll go from the lowest ranking enlisted spouse, anything from a private E-1 just coming into the military, that may be married, all the way up to senior spouses. We have had brigade commanders, so full-bird colonel spouses have actually taken the training."

Just like moving to a new school, making friends isn't always easy, but as Liz Raub has learned, it's called team building for a reason.

"I'm not going to lie, in the beginning it was a little bit lonely, but I've met new friends in this course, and we're already planning some get-togethers."

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