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Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI)

What is it?
The U.S. Army War College’s (USAWC) APFRI provides a comprehensive wellness and education program linked to professional military education (PME). This program aggressively supports and reinforces the critical link between leader physical and mental readiness, ensuring the effectiveness of PME programs focused on the development of noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and officers as multi-skilled leaders. The APFRI’s comprehensive wellness and education program focuses on a leader’s ability to sustain readiness in support of full spectrum operations. The APFRI is a critical leader development and enhancement program that focuses on the complex interplay of health, fitness, leadership, and readiness that recognizes how Soldiers must confront and prepare for the human dimension of warfare.

What has the Army done?
After assessing the success of pilot programs at both the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) and the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) approved the expansion of the program. The Commanding General of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command directed and funded the Army War College’s expansion of the APFRI program to mid-career officers attending CGSC and to senior enlisted attending the USASMA. These pilot programs clearly demonstrate the importance of linking mental and physical readiness with professional development. The APFRI’s linkage to PME programs effectively supports and reinforces the resetting, sustainment, and leader development of our senior enlisted Soldiers and mid-career officers.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Plans for FY12 call for the expansion of APFRI to the Army Management Staff College, Warrant Officer Career Course, and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses. These expansions will allow for an extension of the APFRI program to the satellite intermediate leader education sites.

Why is this important to the Army?
The USAWC/APFRI program is viewed as a critical enabler and is linked with PME and the development of NCO and officer mental and physical readiness. This expansion focuses research and provides programs for professional development and training which enhances the operational readiness of officers and NCOs while reinforcing the linkage between leadership, health, fitness, and sustainability on the battlefield. This program comprehensively assesses and then provides methods to improve the leadership, health, and fitness of mid-career officers and senior NCO leaders.

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