Friday September 13, 2013
What is it?
The U.S. Army Ready and Resilient campaign defines resilience as: The mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.
Army Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) leaders recognized early on that providing resilience and performance enhancement training to wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers and to the cadre who support them is a vital part of the recovery and transition process. Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) resilience and performance enhancement skills training is provided to Soldiers and Cadre located at the Army's 29 Warrior Transition Units (WTU) and nine Community Based WTUs. The combined efforts of unit Master Resilience Trainers and CSF2 Training Center (TC) staff makes this training possible in WTUs.
Why is this important to the Army?
Increasing resilience and learning skills to enhance performance in all areas of life is especially important to Soldiers overcoming physical and emotional adversity. Building and improving resilience in Soldiers transitioning back to the force or out of military service supports Army readiness and promotes success as a veteran.
What is the Army doing?
The WCTP, in liaison with the CSF2, incorporates standardized resilience and performance enhancement training into each Soldier's Comprehensive Transition Plan. Soldiers assigned to WTUs receive performance enhancement training between days 31-90 of their transition process. Training is taught quarterly by local CSF2 TC staff, or through mobile training teams. Warrior Transition cadre members also require the resilience and mental toughness necessary to meet the extensive demands of a care giving role. The Warrior Transition Command, in liaison with the Army Medical Department Center & School, established resilience training for all incoming cadre as part of their resident course training. This helps improve their personal levels of resilience and carries over into a mentorship capacity as they train Soldiers to become more resilient and to build the skills necessary to transition successfully.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Resilience training is a critical element in the recovery and transition process of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Army leaders remain committed to building a ready and resilient force.
Quote for the Day
What we've learned in the Army, through 30 years of scientific evidence, is that you can train and increase a person's level of resilience. What we aim to do in the Army, through the train-the-trainer program, is train our whole team on these resilience skills and increase everybody's level of resilience ... We're talking about changing behavior, and life skills. We're talking about changing a culture, a generation. That takes time. It's not going to happen overnight.
- Col. Ken Riddle, Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, or CSF2, program director
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