New training teaches troops resiliency, positive attitude
November 24, 2010
CAMP HOVEY, South Korea - Thirty-one Soldiers from Warrior Country gained some insight into how to handle and overcome difficult situations in their lives during a Master Resiliency Training class offered at the Camp Hovey Education Center Nov. 15-16.
The class covered many different topics such as how to handle anger, depression, sadness and loneliness that may occur in Soldiers lives. It is designed to help them bounce back from adversity and maintain a positive outlook.
Soldiers who participated in the interactive training were able to make up different scenarios to illustrate how and why they have certain emotions, as well as how they can overcome the trials and tribulations they may face in their daily lives.
After the trainin was finished each Soldier received a certificate of completion from master trainer Sgt. 1st Class Deondre Long, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
"We hope to provide the Soldiers with the skills to make them better Soldiers and better people," Long said.
"This training is mainly to help Soldiers learn how to bounce back. They will learn how to deal with adversities and challenges, and will be able to receive outstanding results in the end. The class isn't teaching them not to be human, but its teaching them to learn their strengths and weaknesses and how to reach out for help when necessary."
The class was offered in a casual setting and helped Soldiers feel comfortable enough to express their opinions.
"This is a relaxed environment class, which allows the Soldiers to open up and be personal and professional at the same time," Long said. "Usually, when you provide that kind of training atmosphere the Soldiers enjoy it; they love it."
Some of the participants said they preferred the interactive, casual training atmosphere more than traditional PowerPoint classes.
"The class was great," said Pfc. Arby Gomez, Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion. "I had a lot of fun. It was interesting because it gave us the opportunity to interact with each other and also helped us to learn how to help control our emotions. I'm a hyper person and the class taught me how to control that at times."
"My favorite part of the class was the 'Put it in Perspective' portion," said Pfc. Nathan Brennan, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Calvary.
"Compared to the other classes, I felt the instructors in this class had the Soldiers more involved. It was humorous at times and I wanted to learn more, and in the end I did learn more. This class could help Soldiers out a lot to show them how to stay positive."
Long believes the MRT class has the potential to build character and improve the morale of the Soldiers who complete it.
"I'm grateful the Army has finally issued this training in Korea because if the intended tools are taken away from the class, it will build better Soldiers, better units and eventually a better Army," he said.