Europe Answers Soldier Resilience Challenge

What is it'

The Army wants to ensure a sustained flow of trained and ready forces; Grafenwoehr Military Community sustains the Army's mission and offers Soldier 360A,Ao, a leader's comprehensive fitness course offered to noncommissioned officers (NCO's) throughout Europe that creates efficiencies among Garrison programs, and arms Soldiers with tools that combat suicide, alcoholism, domestic violence, and drug abuse, while ensuring healthy, productive leaders for today's fight.

What has the Army done'

NCOs are the key to early identification of Soldier-issues and gatekeepers for intervention and timely referrals. The Soldier 360A,Ao course gives first line leaders tactics, techniques and procedures for becoming better leaders, while demonstrating skills for managing stress, anxiety, and improving overall wellness. Throughout the course NCOs are mentored and coached by physicians, mental health professionals, and faculty from local on-and off-post programs, such as, Army Community Services and Alcoholics Anonymous.

The intent is to replicate this program in every Army community. The course curriculum incorporates a series of seminars, presentations and activities delivered by subject matter experts throughout the community. The program reflects the Army's Comprehensive Fitness Dimensions: Strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family.

During the first week, NCOs are taken out of their day-to-day work and home environments to receive instruction on pain and anger management, stress reduction and the "mindful" use of alcohol. The NCOs candidly discuss the effects of frequent deployments on themselves, peers and families, and are asked to consider positive ways of managing their stress.

Spouses are integrated during the second week. This week provides opportunities for the NCOs to demonstrate the effective communication skills they've learned in the first week and implement the tools in their homes, relationships and unit environments.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future'

Every month in FY10, the U.S. Army Garrison-Grafenwoehr hosts the Soldier 360A,Ao course. Communities throughout the Army are encouraged to create their own resilience courses based on the established Soldier 360A,Ao model demonstrated in the Grafenwoehr Military Community.

Why is this important to the Army'

During the course, NCOs become aware of the many resources available to help them and their subordinates through direct interaction with providers and subject matter experts. Direct interaction reduces the stigma associated with referrals, and improves the likelihood that a Soldier who needs assistance with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, physical training, financial or relationship challenges gets the resources he or she needs to be mission-ready.


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