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Army Resilience

Friday, September 18, 2020

What is it?

Army Resilience focuses on improving personal readiness, enhancing overall resilience, and ensuring individual deployability that is necessary to sustain the combat capability of the force.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Engaged leadership and focused training and education will promote a supportive environment, prevent risky behaviors and increase Army readiness. The Army Resilience Directorate provides resources and programs prioritized to enhance unit readiness and resilience of Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians. Command Teams are central to the promotion of personal readiness and resilience.

ARD efforts include:

  • Equip leaders with visibility tools, assessment capabilities, and resources to perform targeted interventions as necessary.
  • Field the Commander’s Risk Reduction Toolkit (CRRT) - being rolled out to all Active Army units through the end of September.
  • Implement new training programs:
    • Engage: to enable bystander intervention and improve cohesion across the force.
    • Squad Leader Development Course: for squad leaders to understand and embrace their roles as leaders.
  • Publish the Prevention Annex to the Army People Strategy: focuses on commanders and leaders and their role in establishing and maintaining expectations and attitudes to support positive behaviors and healthy relationships.
  • Update AR 600-20, Army Command Policy: Chapter 7 consolidates SHARP documents, and program policy changes.
  • Build a new Army Resilience website: Provides information and resources for major programs, with an intent to enhance resilience and optimize performance.
  • Develop SHARP campaign materials for Army Cadets.
  • Create new Suicide Prevention (SP2) materials: places greater emphasis on how to recognize warning signs, intervene, and encourage help seeking behaviors.
  • Structure the Army’s awareness campaigns to include the tagline “This is Our Army”: emphasize cohesiveness, promote positive behaviors, and collective responsibilities to adhere to the Army Values.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army remains committed to strengthening resilience and preventing unhealthy behaviors and will build upon the resilience programs by:

  • Executing phases three and four of the DOD [sexual assault] Prevention Plan of Action.
  • Fielding CRRT to the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve starting in FY21.
  • Expanding SHARP campaign to include junior Soldiers through senior leaders and Family members in FY21.
  • Publishing the Army Resilience Directorate Implementation Plan.

Why is this important to the Army?

All individuals are valued members of the Army Team and essential for mission readiness. Strengthening the resilience of the force is an important protective factor in preventing undesirable behaviors and ensuring force capabilities.


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September 2020

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Focus Quote for the Day

Leadership at every level must build a team of teams, protecting our brothers and sisters to our left and right, reinforcing there is no place for suicide and sexual assault and harassment in our Army.

— Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy