U.S. Special Operations Command uses cognitive testing to determine if Soldiers have "grit" and determination to succeed. The testing also can reveal hidden personality disorders that could impact performance. Shown here are Special Forces Soldiers, from the 3rd Special Forces Group, patrolling a field in the Gulistan district of Farah, Afghanistan, with Afghan National Army commandos from the 207th Kandak.

Unlocking brainpower key to improved Soldier performance, experts say

"Training the brain is really the gateway to improved readiness and performance," Col. Benjamin Solomon said....READ MORE

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First Army, as FORSCOM's designated coordinating authority for implementation of the Army Total Force Policy, partners with USAR and ARNG leadership to advise, assist, and train RC formations to achieve Department of the Army directed readiness requirements during both pre- and postmobilization through multicomponent integrated collective training, enabling FORSCOM to provide Combatant Commanders trained and ready forces in support of worldwide requirements.


First Army designs and conducts collective training and exercises to train RC Soldiers, staffs and command teams. Our observer coach/trainers provide training support to RC forces to achieve and sustain training readiness.


"In 2016, First Army will set the conditions for the readiness of the Army's total force for years to come. Bold Shift delivers: habitual partnerships, the right training support at the right time, increased predictability for reserve- component units, optimized reserve-component readiness and reduced postmobilization training time"

Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, Commanding General, First Army

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