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Army Personal Readiness and Resilience

Friday, September 13, 2019

What is it?

Army Ready and Resilient (R2) is the Army’s strategy for strengthening individual and unit personal readiness and fostering a culture of trust.

Resilience is an important component of personal readiness and effective leadership. Resilience is the ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.

Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of life’s challenges, and it is an important component of personal readiness and effective leadership.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army is improving programs and policies to assist Commanders in strengthening Soldiers and enhancing personal resilience. Increasing protective factors develop resilience; the ability to grow and thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

Suicide Prevention Month, in September of each year, emphasizes the Army’s efforts to promote protective factors to enhance resilience and raise Soldier awareness of the available resources:

  • The Army has expanded the number of R2 Performance Centers (R2PCs) for a total of 28 R2PCs Army-wide. Integral to the R2PCs are Master Resilience Trainers-Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) who provide customized resilience and performance training to help Soldiers enhance and sustain personal readiness and resilience.
  • G-1’s SHARP, Ready and Resilient Directorate (SR2D) is revising training and education to better strengthen Soldier resilience, encourage individuals to seek help, and continue to promote positive behaviors.
  • The Army is distributing a new Ready and Resilient Reference Guide (R3G) to all NCOs. The R3G will assist first-line leaders in educating their Soldiers about resilience.
  • The Office of the Surgeon General embedded Behavior Health Teams within Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) to provide daily support to Soldiers.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army is equipping commanders with programs and policies to strengthen Soldiers and enhance personal resilience.

  • Improve training and education that increases resilience and promotes unit cohesion and trust, to assist commanders with visibility tools to reduce levels of unit risk and increase well-being.
  • Field Increment 2 of the Commander’s Risk Reduction Dashboard (CRRD) across all components by the end of the calendar year, to expand leaders’ visibility and increase readiness across their formations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Every Soldier is a valued member of the Army team and is critical to the mission accomplishment. Research has shown that promoting resilience, a learned behavior may reduce post-traumatic stress, alcohol abuse, and suicide.

Personal readiness, supported through resilience, is essential for Soldiers to accomplish the Army’s mission today and into the future.


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Focus Quote for the Day

Resilience is an essential core competency and enables the readiness of our Army and facilitates our ability to accomplish the mission. We must continue to maintain the intensity of effort to reduce deaths by suicide through decisive and engaged leadership.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville