What is Ready?

The ability to accomplish assigned tasks or missions through resilience, individual and collective team training, and leadership.

What is Resilient?

The mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.

What's Different?

The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and initiatives to improve the readiness and resilience of the Total Army - Soldiers (active duty, Reserve, National Guard), Army civilians and Families. Ready and Resilient will build upon mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual resilience in our Soldiers, Families and civilians to enhance their ability to manage the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession. At the heart of this initiative is a focus on building the personal as an enabler to achieving enhanced performance, which directly links to the increased readiness of the individual, their unit and the Total Army.

Specifically, Ready and Resilient will...

  • Provide comprehensive resilience training for Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians, which develops coping skills and behaviors and increases capability.
  • Ensure education about and promotion of preventative measures that encourage self-awareness, deter high-risk behaviors, and support healthy alternatives that produce positive outcomes.
  • Develop improved methods to provide leaders and commanders timely and accurate information and metrics to aid them in better identifying "at risk" and "high-risk" Soldiers, enabling early intervention.
  • Increase emphasis on leadership involvement, empowerment and accountability to promote help-seeking behavior.
  • Produce an enduring cultural change and yield an Army environment that supports and develops its members to perform at their optimum level both personally and professionally, and enables them to overcome setbacks, recover and grow from adversities and thrive on a sustained basis.
  • Challenge its members and leaders to embrace and live by the Army profession, values and ethics.
  • Produce a supportive Army climate that ensures its members are treated with dignity and respect while sustaining a resilient force.
  • Institute a scientific process for measuring success and implementing lessons learned to restructure Army systems and processes to better prioritize resources while promoting resilience throughout the Total Army.

Why Is It Important?

  • A healthy mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness.
  • Resilience combines mental, emotional, and physical skills to generate optimal performance (i.e. readiness) - in combat, healing after injury, and in managing work and home life.
  • Resilient individuals are better able to bounce back and overcome adversity by leveraging mental and emotional skills and behavior by seeking out training.
  • Individual resilience can be built, maintained, and strengthened when viewed as an enduring concept and acquired through regular training.

An Army Soldier...

  • Is a skilled professional who lives by the Soldier's creed and Army values.
  • Works with strong Army civilian teammates, who embody the same resilient characteristics.
  • Is a valued member of the Army team, who treats all with dignity and respect.
  • Manages sleep, diet and mind/body conditioning to become stronger and optimize performance.
  • Bounces back from adversity to thrive and meet goals and objectives.
  • Is self-aware, seeks help when needed and intervenes to help others, treats all with dignity and respect.
  • Embraces challenges, solves problems, continuously learns, improves and strengthens.



An Army Family...

  • Is an essential member of the Army Team
  • Is able to thrive and remain strong through deployments, reassignments, and adversity
  • Is aware of resources, and willing to seek help for themselves and their Soldier when needed
  • Supports other families, connects with their community and makes positive contributions



An Army Civilian...

  • Is a skilled professional who lives by the Civilian Corps Creed and Army Values
  • Works with strong Army Soldiers to provide stability and continuity during war and peace
  • Is a valued member of the Army Team crucial to support military operations and provide full complement to military occupational specialties
  • Seeks out training and self development opportunities to strengthen readiness and resilience



An Army Leader...

  • Leads by example, sets and enforces high standards and holds themselves and others accountable
  • Establishes a climate that fosters resilience and trust
  • Knows their team and equips team members with the skills to achieve missions, overcome challenges and grow
  • Teaches, coaches and mentors team members through positive thinking and effective problem solving



An Army Unit...

  • Is well-led and cohesive, with members proud to be part of the Team
  • Is trained, resourced and equipped to accomplish assigned tasks and quickly adapt to future missions
  • Is comprised of members who provide each other and their families strength and encouragement in all situations and conditions
  • Is stronger and more resilient than the sum of its individual parts



Stories

Soldiers in Transition Learn Skills to Help Them Navigate Challenges, Find Focus

Soldiers in Transition learn skills needed to...

Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade, Able Troop received performance training designed to help them not only navigate the challenges as part of the recovery process, but also to... MORE about Soldiers in Transition learn skills needed to navigate challenges, find focus

Army leaders: Trust, ethic is foundation of force

Army leaders: Trust, ethic are foundation of...

The Army profession is built on trust that starts with every member of the total force, said the Army's most senior civilian and military leaders, who met for two days at West Point. MORE about Army leaders: Trust, ethic are foundation of force

Veterans transition while helping curate nations archaeological artifacts

Veterans transition while helping curate...

Wherever the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started an excavation project such as the construction of reservoirs and associated water control programs, archaeologists have been on hand to... MORE about Veterans transition while helping curate nation's archaeological artifacts

Soldier determined to never quit; living the creed

Soldier determined to never quit; living the...

Shortly after completing basic combat training late in 2013, Pfc. Gustavo Moreno began defending his country, and literally fighting for his life. Moreno was diagnosed with T-cell Acute... MORE about Soldier determined to never quit; living the creed

Soldier, combat dog share PTSD diagnosis, road to recovery

Soldier, combat dog share PTSD diagnosis, road...

Up at 5 a.m., retired Staff Sgt. Matthew Bessler often speaks his first words of the day to his dog, Mike, who lives with him now in Powell, Wyoming, and who has deployed with him twice to Iraq. MORE about Soldier, combat dog share PTSD diagnosis, road to recovery

Carter calls Bragg troops tip of spear for new strategic era

Carter calls Bragg troops 'tip of spear' for...

Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked Soldiers on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 10, for their past service and said they will be the "tip of the spear" for the new strategic era the... MORE about Carter calls Bragg troops 'tip of spear' for new strategic era

Dailey calms fears over troop cuts

Dailey calms fears over troop cuts

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey addressed 1st Infantry Division Soldier and family trepidation about troop cuts during his first visit to Fort Riley, Kansas, as sergeant major of the Army... MORE about Dailey calms fears over troop cuts

Career Intermission Pilot Program offers Soldiers a break

Career Intermission Pilot Program offers...

Staff Sgt. Jessica Cotton had a tough choice to make. Should she reenlist in the Army or hang up her uniform and go be a lawyer? MORE about Career Intermission Pilot Program offers Soldiers a break

Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers...

By the end of fiscal 2018, the active Army expects to have drawn down in size from 490,000 to 450,000, said Army officials during a press conference at the Pentagon, July 9. The service will also... MORE about Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

Mindfulness-based stress reduction finds a place in the military

Mindfulness-based stress reduction finds a...

Mindfulness-based meditation and the military are generally two things that one would not associate with one another. MORE about Mindfulness-based stress reduction finds a place in the military

Amputee Army athlete defeats injuries with willpower

Amputee Army athlete defeats injuries with...

Warrior Game athlete Sgt. 1st Class Michael Smith said being injured was "probably the best thing" that ever happened to him, and it made him a much better person. MORE about Amputee Army athlete defeats injuries with willpower

Army temporarily expands re-enlistment window

Army temporarily expands re-enlistment window

The re-enlistment opportunity window for Soldiers, which previously ran from 15 months to 90 days before their separation from the Army, has been temporarily suspended, but only for Soldiers with a... MORE about Army temporarily expands re-enlistment window

CSF2 Performance Expert discusses mental skills with a crew going through Bradley crew qualification.

Performance skills help Soldiers going through...

To prepare the Soldiers going through crew qualification, the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center at Fort Stewart provided a four-hour block of instruction on mental skills... MORE about Performance skills help Soldiers going through Crew Qualification

Army Reserve RSCs help find tomorrows leaders

Army Reserve Regional Support Commands help...

The Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command hosted a senior-enlisted promotion board this past week at the Maj. John P. Pryor Army Reserve Center here. MORE about Army Reserve Regional Support Commands help find tomorrow's leaders

Therapy through filmmaking

Service members gain therapy through filmmaking

Service members are using filmmaking to bring to life their internal turmoils and struggles they face as part of the challenges that come with military life. MORE about Service members gain therapy through filmmaking

Fast:outmaneuver enemies physically, cognitively

Fast: Outmaneuver enemies physically...

Maneuver Soldiers, leaders, and formations that are "fast" have the ability to outmaneuver their enemies - physically and cognitively. The Maneuver Center of Excellence is working hard to... MORE about Fast: Outmaneuver enemies physically, cognitively

Swimmer to participate on Army team for Warrior Games

Swimmer to participate on Army team for Warrior...

Sgt. Blake Johnson, an Apache AH-64 armament/electrical/avionic systems repairman, swam his way onto the Army team for the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, set for June 19-28. MORE about Swimmer to participate on Army team for Warrior Games

Recruiting Challenges Discussed at Annual CASA Conference

Recruiting challenges among discussions at...

The state of Army recruiting was a major topic during the annual Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, May 5. MORE about Recruiting challenges among discussions at annual CASA conference

LED light

Knox proves ability to operate without external...

The Fort Knox energy team demonstrated during an Energy Security Project ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday the installation's capability to operate independently of external power sources using... MORE about Knox proves ability to operate without external power

Non-commissioned officers advise care for key assignments

Non-commissioned officers advise care for key...

The Army must be more selective and careful when choosing Soldiers to serve in key positions such as recruiters or drill sergeants, said non-commissioned officers at the first-ever NCO Solarium. MORE about Non-commissioned officers advise care for key assignments

Service member outlines journey to Ranger school

Service member outlines journey to Ranger school

"Every day completed is another day closer to the finish … Always remember why you're doing this." 2nd Lt. Warren Galloway speaks these mantras to himself when going through the... MORE about Service member outlines journey to Ranger school

McHugh scales up civilian workforce transformation

McHugh scales up civilian workforce...

A new roadmap for Army civilian professional growth has been announced by Army Secretary John M. McHugh - and more changes are coming over the next year or so. MORE about McHugh scales up civilian workforce transformation

New Army commercial reintroduces America to the institution

New Army commercial reintroduces America to the...

The Army has launched a new commercial with the theme "I became a Soldier," to reintroduce the American public to the institution, and showcase the versatility and professionalism of the... MORE about New Army commercial reintroduces America to the institution

Army trains future equal opportunity leaders

Army trains future equal opportunity leaders

Forty Soldiers are completing the Equal Opportunity Leaders' Course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. They have now seen how status and influence may create protective barriers for equal opportunity... MORE about Army trains future equal opportunity leaders

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center

Fort Jackson Army Civilians build resilience in...

The Army is offering resilience and performance training to the more than 50 Army Civilians who will soon be out of work due to personnel reductions at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. MORE about Fort Jackson Army Civilians build resilience in times of adversity

Performance expert: Leaders should foster culture of fitness

Performance expert: Leaders should foster...

Today, 43,000 Soldiers are not ready to deploy because they are either not physically or mentally fit. That is 13.5 brigades worth of unready Soldiers, Col. Deydre Teyhen told an audience of 300... MORE about Performance expert: Leaders should foster culture of fitness

Army Trials track athletes receive performance training

Army takes holistic approach to training during...

The athletes participating in track receive comprehensive training that takes a holistic look at health and fitness. In addition to the sport-specific coaching, the athletes learn mental skills... MORE about Army takes holistic approach to training during Army Trials

Prevention key to eliminating sexual assault

Prevention key to eliminating sexual assault

In an effort to further decrease the number of sexual assaults and continue to increase reporting when they do occur, an office here is stepping up efforts in April to eliminate the behaviors that... MORE about Prevention key to eliminating sexual assault

Cyclists receive performance training throughout Army Trials

Cyclists receive performance training...

Soldier and Veteran athletes participating in the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas receive performance training in addition to physical training leading up to competition. MORE about Cyclists receive performance training throughout Army Trials

Athletes participating in Army Trials receive tools, skills to help set goals and succeed through transition

Army Trials athletes receive tools, skills to...

Dozens of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Army Veterans participated in Warrior Transition Command's Career Day held on March 25 at Fort Bliss, Texas. One of the breakout sessions... MORE about Army Trials athletes receive tools, skills to help set goals and succeed through transition

Defense Health Agency leader offers Soldiers sleep tips

Defense Health Agency leader offers Soldiers...

Sleep is as important as food and water, yet many military Service members wrestle with insomnia or wake up too early. The result can be serious health problems or reduced readiness. MORE about Defense Health Agency leader offers Soldiers sleep tips

ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

ArmyFit website offers information on how to...

For little more than a year, the Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, Family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their... MORE about ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

New military working dog equipment sets give service handlers a paw up

New military working dog equipment sets give...

During World War I, it was not unusual for the chemical agent mustard gas to stealthily sink into American trenches, launched by German troops intending to incapacitate U.S. Service members so that... MORE about New military working dog equipment sets give service handlers a 'paw up'

DOD civilian, retired Soldier says resiliency lessons helped him beat cancer

DOD civilian, retired Soldier says resiliency...

Army retiree and current Department of Defense civilian Greg Cheek says the resiliency skills he learned from the military helped him overcome the biggest challenge of his life: cancer. MORE about DOD civilian, retired Soldier says resiliency lessons helped him beat cancer

Odierno: Brigade readiness half what it should be

Odierno: Brigade readiness half what it should...

Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno appeared before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, March 11, to testify about the fiscal year 2016 Army budget. MORE about Odierno: Brigade readiness half what it should be

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve...

Approximately 30 patients have been treated with positive results through the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, or VRET, program since it was donated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center last... MORE about Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD

NCOs teach resiliency skills

NCO's teach resiliency skills

One of the most important skills Soldiers have is being resilient during difficult times. While each Soldier is different, they all face similar challenges -- moving to a new duty station, meeting... MORE about NCO's teach resiliency skills

Course aims to improve marksmanship across Army

Course aims to improve marksmanship across Army

In June 2014, during the Maneuver Warfighter Conference, Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, or MCoE, addressed an area many leaders in the operational... MORE about Course aims to improve marksmanship across Army

ArmyFits self-development website gets useful upgrades

ArmyFit's self-development website gets useful...

ArmyFit celebrated its first birthday recently, with the addition of several new features to its website. The site, at https://armyfit.army.mil/, is designed to help improve quality of life for... MORE about ArmyFit's self-development website gets useful upgrades

Soldier for Life: Expert offers salary negotiation tips

Soldier for Life: Expert offers salary...

Negotiating a salary is every job hunter's final hurdle. Many times, job seekers are so eager to have an employment offer that they forget to take advantage of the leverage they have at this... MORE about Soldier for Life: Expert offers salary negotiation tips

Enhanced continuous evaluation of Army personnel planned

Enhanced continuous evaluation of Army...

Recent findings about employee finances have raised security concerns for the U.S. government. Officials say employees and contractors who have financial problems are top targets of foreign... MORE about Enhanced continuous evaluation of Army personnel planned

Training prepares Soldiers, families for reintegration

Training prepares Soldiers, Families for...

One of the most important aspects of training a Soldier can go through is the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or SERE, training. However, surviving through captivity is just half the... MORE about Training prepares Soldiers, Families for reintegration

Army, industry partners prep Soldiers for jobs

Army, industry partners prep Soldiers for jobs

A new program is training Soldiers to drive commercial trucks when they transition out of the Army. MORE about Army, industry partners prep Soldiers for jobs

Partnership enhances resilience, understanding of ethics, profession

Partnership enhances resilience, understanding...

At the core of the Army is a resilient professional who lives by the Army ethics, said the director of the Army Resiliency Directorate, G1. MORE about Partnership enhances resilience, understanding of ethics, profession

Army sees Soldiers as greatest asset

Army shaping Soldiers as best weapon for future

Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, Army Combined Arms Center, or CAC, commanding general, visited Fort Sill, Jan. 20, to discuss the Army's greatest asset -- its Soldiers -- and how the "human... MORE about Army shaping Soldiers as best weapon for future

Slim-down resolution

New Year's slim-down resolution achieved with...

With some help from friends, Veronica Crute completed her 2014 New Year's resolution to lose 62 pounds and she now has another resolution for 2015 -- to lose 50 more. MORE about New Year's slim-down resolution achieved with team support

Hunting the Good Stuff during resiliency training

Hunting the good stuff during resiliency...

In this month's resiliency training entitled "Goal Setting and Hunt the Good Stuff," U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Master Resiliency trainers addressed how to plan and pusue goals... MORE about Hunting the good stuff during resiliency training

Hagel thanks Soldier for confronting unethical behavior online

Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical...

Army and DOD officials met with a senior non-commissioned officer Dec. 15, 2014, to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values, despite facing harassment after confronting Service... MORE about Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical behavior online

Charley Lix

'Soldier for life' staying on right track

Charley Lix became a "Soldier For Life" long before the Army ever used the term. MORE about 'Soldier for life' staying on right track

Christmas meal at Bagram Airfield

Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during...

Currently deployed in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman relies on his Army training, and support from his family and battle buddies to stay Army Strong while thousands of miles from home. MORE about Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for...

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, who were discharged under "other than honorable" conditions can apply on a new webpage to have their discharge upgraded if it was... MORE about New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade

Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

Walking through the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, one of the first things that can be noticed is the silence. Soldiers deployed and stationed at the Barclay Training Center in... MORE about Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

Army SHARP

Report shows Army making progress in SHARP...

Army efforts to change command climate and increase training have resulted in a decrease in sexual assaults as well as an increase in reporting of these crimes, a recently released report shows. MORE about Report shows Army making progress in SHARP efforts

Panelists

Army Medicine, national partners discuss sleep...

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., hosted a gathering of the nation's leading experts on sleep, Nov. 13, 2014, to discuss sleep and its impact on health... MORE about Army Medicine, national partners discuss sleep effects on health, readiness

Ronald Bartley drives

Military basketball programs retain Soldier for...

Staff Sgt. Ronald Bartley credits military basketball for making him a Soldier for life. The U.S. Army's "Soldier for Life" campaign is designed to ensure that Soldiers start strong... MORE about Military basketball programs retain Soldier for life

Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with PTSD

Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with...

Some veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have special buddies to rely on -- specially trained Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers. MORE about Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with PTSD

Graduation Day

Amputee rises to challenge, earns airborne wings

A U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldier became the first Soldier with a lower-leg amputation to successfully earn his Airborne wings. Sgt. Joseph Mille, a USAMU shooter/instructor, graduated Nov. 14... MORE about Amputee rises to challenge, earns airborne wings

Soldiers fishing with God

Soldiers fishing with God

A Soldier stood on the side of the lake for hours trying to catch a fish, but no fish came. The Soldier didn't scream, get mad or give-up. Instead, he just stood there embracing the moment. How... MORE about Soldiers fishing with God

MG Wilmot

Sleep: "Trauma-Associated Sleep...

Trauma, the kind a Soldier may have faced in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq, has effects beyond physical wounds and traumatic brain injury. Disturbances in the ability to get a good night's sleep... MORE about Sleep: "Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorder" proposed by Army medicine researchers

Confident mens sitting volleyball team ready to compete

Army's sitting volleyball team ready to compete

The Army's Sitting Volleyball Team is confident and optimistic as it prepares for the interservice sitting volleyball tournament, scheduled for Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon. MORE about Army's sitting volleyball team ready to compete

Industry mentorships could help Soldiers transition after Army

Industry mentorships could help Soldiers...

As the Army draws down its end strength, more Soldiers will be looking for work in the private sector -- some one million over the next 10 years. A kind of corporate mentorship might be one example... MORE about Industry mentorships could help Soldiers transition after Army

NC Guard chaplain fights breast cancer on her own terms

NC Guard chaplain fights breast cancer on her...

On Oct. 12, 2014, in Franklinton, North Carolina, National Guard Chaplain Maj. Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works, while her... MORE about NC Guard chaplain fights breast cancer on her own terms

Considereing Changes to Recruiting

Army considering major changes for recruiting

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is considering a number of dramatic changes to help deal with what it perceives as an extremely challenging recruiting environment in coming years. MORE about Army considering major changes for recruiting

Human Dimension: Army Medicine part of culture change

Human Dimension: Army Medicine part of culture...

Winning wars in the future will not be about who has the best technology or the latest weapons. The difference between success and failure will be the "human dimension." MORE about Human Dimension: Army Medicine part of culture change

Senior leaders pledge renewed focus on family...

The Army's top leaders said in the face of changing missions and budget cuts, family readiness is more important than ever. They made the remarks in a town hall-style panel during a family forum at... MORE about Senior leaders pledge renewed focus on family readiness, resilience

Better gear under evaluation for both winter, tropical climates

Better gear under evaluation for both winter...

Up in Alaska, the Army is looking to evaluate some new winter weather gear for Soldiers, including newer face masks, better gloves, and more modern tentage. MORE about Better gear under evaluation for both winter, tropical climates

Aiming high: Fall hunt to help wounded warriors

Aiming high: Fall hunt to help wounded warriors

Fort Rucker, Alabama, is doing what it can to improve the quality of life for wounded warriors, and people are welcome to join in and do their part by participating in this year's fall hunt to... MORE about Aiming high: Fall hunt to help wounded warriors

Walk a mile in their shoes

Hohenfels 'pumps' up awareness of domestic...

With men in women's high heel pumps and women wearing combat boots, participants in the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program's "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes" event trudged along... MORE about Hohenfels 'pumps' up awareness of domestic violence

Warrior Transition Unit: Soldiers strum alon through their healing process

Warrior Transition Unit: Soldiers strum along...

U.S. Army Soldiers attending the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Eustis, Virginia, have the ability to add new experiences to their healing process by learning how to play guitar. MORE about Warrior Transition Unit: Soldiers strum along through their healing process

Army wins Chairmans Cup at Warrior Games

Army wins Chairman's Cup at Warrior Games

Winning a total of 71 medals, the Army team took home the prestigious Chairman's Cup, Oct. 4, 2014, from the 5th annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. MORE about Army wins Chairman's Cup at Warrior Games

Nothing stops Warrior Games athlete from training his hardest

Nothing stops Warrior Games athlete from...

"I built a box the size of the 10-ring target and then would shoot from my dining room, through the kitchen and into the living room," explained Retired Maj. John Arbino, who let no... MORE about Nothing stops Warrior Games athlete from training his hardest

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Kelly Elmlinger wins silver medal four times

Wheelchair racer all about hard work as she...

Cupped in the rough hands of the Rocky Mountains, the track at Gerry Barry Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, opened up to a cloudless sky, Oct. 2, 2014. A light chill clinging to the athletes... MORE about Wheelchair racer all about hard work as she competes against men at Warrior Games

Army beats Navy in Bronze Bball

Army advances to gold-medal round against...

In the battle for the rights to advance to the gold-medal round in wheelchair basketball at the Warrior Games, Army played relentlessly against Navy, Oct. 2, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado... MORE about Army advances to gold-medal round against Marines in wheelchair b-ball

Veteran Staff Sgt. Billy Meeks earned 2 medals as part of the U.S. Army archery team

Army Archers Put a Team Effort into an...

"It's looking pretty good, they're starting to settle in," said Army team coach and Veteran Jessie White as the Army team positioned themselves 18 meters from their targets. The whistle... MORE about Army Archers Put a Team Effort into an Individual Sport

Let fly

Army leads medal race at Warrior Games

The Army has racked up the highest medal count so far at this year's Warrior Games. As of Oct. 1, 2014, the service had earned some 34 medals in the competition. MORE about Army leads medal race at Warrior Games

Army beats SOCOM

Army beats SOCOM, loses to Marines in sitting...

The Army team looked good in the second round of sitting volleyball competition at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 29, 2014, beating Special Operations Command in two... MORE about Army beats SOCOM, loses to Marines in sitting volleyball at 2014 Warrior Games

Army helps moms maintain fitness before, after childbirth

Army helps moms maintain fitness before, after...

The Army provides Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training, developed several years ago, to assist moms with staying healthy and fit. MORE about Army helps moms maintain fitness before, after childbirth

Sitting volleyball action fires up Army team

The Army sitting volleyball team began the second day of the 2014 Warrior Games by defeating the Special Operations team in two neck to neck battles, but ultimately being soundly defeated by the... MORE about Sitting volleyball action fires up Army team

Warrior Games cyclists overcome challenges as team with some oomph

Warrior Games cyclists overcome challenges as...

The cyclists, wind-blown and lashed from rain, rounded the curve and pushed through the final straightaway to cross the finish line. The fans, undeterred by the sudden downpour, screamed and... MORE about Warrior Games cyclists overcome challenges as team with 'some oomph'

Suicide attempt

Soldier posts suicide attempt to Facebook

A Facebook post. Two cut wrists. Time is the enemy. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Powell saw one Facebook post, Aug. 31, 2014, which sent him frantically searching for a former Soldier. MORE about Soldier posts suicide attempt to Facebook

Medal of Honor recipient transitions to civilian life

Medal of Honor recipient transitions to...

The 7th Infantry Division held an end-of-service award ceremony for a Medal of Honor recipient who used his recognition to urge Soldiers to get help for post-traumatic stress, Sept. 26, 2014, at... MORE about Medal of Honor recipient transitions to civilian life

Sgt. Scotty Hasting dives for the ball in sitting volleyball

Athlete regains 'sense of self' in first...

"Point Army," the announcer boomed, and Ron Hasting, Rhonda Caskey and Corey Hasting collectively caught their breath. They watched from the bleachers as Sgt. Scotty Hasting sat balancing... MORE about Athlete regains 'sense of self' in first competition of 2014 Warrior Games

Warrior Games kick off in Colorado

Warrior Games kick off in Colorado

Two-hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes came together Sept. 28, 2014, for a week-long competition in adaptive sports and to claim the rights to the Chairman's Cup in the fifth annual Warrior... MORE about Warrior Games kick off in Colorado

Praise, criticism can be effective or not, says resilience trainer

Praise, criticism can be effective or not, says...

A Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program master resilience trainer explained that Soldiers, like people everywhere, appreciate sincere praise for a job well done, during an Executive... MORE about Praise, criticism can be effective or not, says resilience trainer

Fort Jackson MRT expert to participate in Warrior Games

Fort Jackson MRT expert to participate in...

John Evans, a master resilience trainer/performance expert from Fort Jackson, is part of the support staff for the U.S. Army wheelchair basketball team at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs... MORE about Fort Jackson MRT expert to participate in Warrior Games

Comprehensive Soldier, Family Fitness top NCO: Patterns key to success

Comprehensive Soldier, Family Fitness top NCO...

The senior enlisted advisor for the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, explained that people need to train themselves for stressful events ahead of time, and not rely on... MORE about Comprehensive Soldier, Family Fitness top NCO: Patterns key to success

Physical Exam

Screenings, response plans can prevent suicide

Col. Brett Schneider, director of behavioral health at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, spoke about mental health screenings and response plans, during the Psychological... MORE about Screenings, response plans can prevent suicide

Doc gives candid talk on womens issues in military

Doc gives candid talk on women's issues in...

"I'm going to talk about subjects that make men squirm," warned Retired Col. (Dr.) Elspeth Ritchie, before discussing sanitary conditions in the field, post-traumatic stress disorder... MORE about Doc gives candid talk on women's issues in military

Army health officer: DoD, VA collaboration needed on mental health metrics

Army health officer: DOD, VA collaboration...

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs can collaborate to find metrics in mental health to better serve veterans, according to an Army officer, during a health summit, Sept. 19, 2014, in... MORE about Army health officer: DOD, VA collaboration needed on mental health metrics

Depression

Desire to be resilient can sometimes mask...

The Army culture is one of toughness and resilience, so seeking help for depression may be very hard for Soldiers to do, said Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey Grammer, Sept. 18, 2014, at the Psychological... MORE about Desire to be resilient can sometimes mask underlying depression

Veteran, amputee gets leg up with breakthrough prosthesis

Veteran, amputee gets 'leg up' with...

Wounded warrior Edward Lychik worked with the professionals at the Center for the Intrepid to develop a first-of-a-kind leg prosthesis for people with hip-disarticulation amputations. MORE about Veteran, amputee gets 'leg up' with breakthrough prosthesis

DCoE Psychological Health and Resilience Summit

BG Bobeck: Every suicide tragic, got to get to...

The special assistant to the director, Army National Guard, spoke Sept. 18, 2014, at the Psychological Health and Resilience Summit at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. MORE about BG Bobeck: Every suicide tragic, got to get to zero

Docs advice for those with PTSD: Stay in treatment

Doc's advice for those with PTSD: Stay in...

The most effective way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder is to stay in treatment and, if possible, attend therapy with a friend or loved one, said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Gary Wynn. MORE about Doc's advice for those with PTSD: Stay in treatment

Queen Elizabeth applauds wounded warriors recovering through competitive sports

Queen Elizabeth applauds wounded warriors...

"All of you have used the power of sports to enhance your own recovery and to raise wider awareness of the enormous challenges faced by wounded veterans," the Queen of England wrote to... MORE about Queen Elizabeth applauds wounded warriors recovering through competitive sports

Invictus Games

Soldiers medal in swimming at Invictus Games

On the last day of the inaugural Invictus Games, several current, retired and former Soldiers captured medals during the swimming events in London, Sept. 14, 2014. MORE about Soldiers medal in swimming at Invictus Games

McIntosh earns Invictus bronze

Soldier earns first medal in first Invictus race

The United States took home its first medal of the 2014 Invictus Games on its first opportunity in London, Sept. 11, 2014, as Sgt. Ryan McIntosh finished third in the 100-meter dash. MORE about Soldier earns first medal in first Invictus race

Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Fort Campbell

Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Campbell

The newest Intrepid Spirit Center officially opened at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 8, 2014. MORE about Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Campbell

Sgt. Ryan McIntosh set for Invictus Games

World Class Athlete Program Soldier set for...

Sgt. Ryan McIntosh of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program intends to win six medals in the inaugural Invictus Games, scheduled for Sept. 10-14, 2014, in London. The Invictus Games is an... MORE about World Class Athlete Program Soldier set for Invictus

Army Vice Chief Gen. Daniel B. Allyn

Army vice chief, surgeon general address future...

Army Medicine intends to reset and transform as operations wind down in Afghanistan, and how it will transform was the topic of a day-long professional development forum, Sept. 10, 2014, in... MORE about Army vice chief, surgeon general address future of Army Medicine

Eric Hipple Speaking with Soldier

Legendary NFL QB brings his story to Resiliency...

The Pentagon held its annual Resiliency Health Fair Tuesday as part of Suicide Prevention Month, hosting Monday Night Football legend Eric Hipple, who spent nearly a decade as a quarterback with... MORE about Legendary NFL QB brings his story to Resiliency Fair

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R2 Leadership

Quotes

  • We are committed to every Soldier and our efforts are focused on prevention well before the individual chooses suicide as their only option.

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command

  • "Research has shown that if you can get Soldiers to get treatment before symptoms become severe then that leads to the best outcome for Soldiers and their families."

    Thomas W. Britt

    The Clemson University psychology professor facilitated a behavioral health study that aims to create an intervention for Soldiers focused on reducing the stigma of seeking treatment.

  • "We have long known our Army is the best trained, best equipped, and best resourced force in the world; going forward, our Army should also be the 'most resilient' force in a world with ever-increasing challenges."

    John M. McHugh

    Secretary of the Army

  • "From our individual Soldiers and Civilians to our Units and Families, we must be committed to investing in building enduring strength in a holistic way."

    John M. McHugh

    Secretary of the Army

  • "We have a window of opportunity here to make our Army better and stronger if we focus on the right things and resiliency is one of the right things that will make the Army stronger and more effective."

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

    Chief of Staff of the Army

  • "R2C is an enduring program to equip our Soldiers, Families and Civilians to be Army Strong!"

    Gen. John F. Campbell

    Vice Chief of the Army

  • "We have to take our Soldiers from the time they come into the Army and build resiliency within them all the way until the time they get out, not only with our Soldiers and their Families, but with our great civilians."

    Gen. John F. Campbell

    Vice Chief of the Army

  • We are committed to every Soldier and our efforts are focused on prevention well before the individual chooses suicide as their only option.

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command

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