Wisconsin Army Guard’s 3rd, 426th
to teach 10-day MRT Course at McCoy
|The 3rd, 426th Regiment (Training Assistance)
organization at Fort McCoy will become the third Army organization to
teach the Master Resiliency Trainer (MRT) course.
Lt. Col. Andrew Ratzlaff, battalion commander for the 3rd, 426th, said
the National Guard Bureau approved the organization becoming the
National Guard Resilience University. The first-10 day MRT course will
be instructed July 18-29 at the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) at Fort
Two five-day Resilience Training Assistant (RTA) Courses will be offered
at the WMA from June 6-10 and June 13-17.
Fort McCoy joins the University of Pennsylvania and Victory University
at Fort Jackson, S.C., as the only organizations teaching the MRT
course, Ratzlaff said.
The National Guard Bureau has approved the 3rd, 426th’s site to certify
MRTs and it will allow more National Guard Soldiers to get the training.
The MRT courses at Fort McCoy will be open to everyone in the Department
of the Army community, including civilians.
Maj. Sylvia Lopez of the 3rd, 426th Regiment is the most-trained senior
MRT in the Wisconsin National Guard, and one of two in the Army National
Guard. She will serve as a facilitator, and, eventually, trainer.
Lopez was one of three lead trainers in a five-day Guardwide RTA
workshop in San Diego in late April. The purpose of the training was to
certify RTAs from across the 54 U.S. states and territories in a central
forum, she said.
“MRTs work together in a collaborative effort to help all Soldiers get
this training,” Lopez said. “MRTs are very passionate. It’s a good
program and we will work together. It isn’t a one-person operation.”
Each state will have a number of slots for each course held at Fort
The personnel who help instruct the course and attend the course
training will help spread resilience training back to personnel in their
home states. People who take the RTA courses can present the training in
short blocks of instruction, Lopez said.
Military personnel who take the 10-day course will receive the skill
identifier 8R as MRT and can present the entire class in accordance with
their commander’s guidance.
Ratzlaff said the training is important because it gives Soldiers a path
to evaluate their behavior in a stressful situation.
“It gives you a chance to recognize when you’ve reached an iceberg and
are going down,” he said. “You realize that some situations are a
problem for you.”
Lopez said resilience training gives Soldiers a chance to develop a
proactive approach to their problems. Instead of “spiraling down” and
then having to come back up, people with the training can identify
strategies to keep their morale high and continue performing their
“Resilience training allows people to handle adversity and take
advantage of opportunities that may come,” she said. “It helps you
discover what sets you off, and you can have better reactions to a
situation. Everyone is resilient.”
Resilience training also will be available for Family members, Ratzlaff
said. The training will give them the tools they need to deal with
military life as well as deployment and redeployment situations.
The MRT Course will be held at McCoy on approximately a monthly basis,
depending on funding, he said.
Accommodations for students at the WMA are much less expensive than they
are at the other locations, Lopez said.
In the future, Ratzlaff said the MRT Course from the 3rd, 426th also may
be delivered by mobile training teams.
Ratzlaff said people can apply to attend the courses through their chain
of command/administrative staff or for Army military personnel through
the Army Training Requirements and Resources System.