What is it?
Though the Army has equipped and trained its Soldiers for the
physical rigors of combat for close to 234 years, the Comprehensive
Soldier Fitness Program is taking a deliberate approach to equip
Soldiers with the psychological tools to unlock their potential in
this era of sustained operations
The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness’ Master Resilience Trainer (MRT)
course trains Soldiers in critical thinking that aims to increase a
person’s optimism, self-awareness and mental agility.
What has the Army done?
On Nov. 19, the Army graduated 180 Soldiers from its first-ever Army
MRT course. These new certified MRTs attended classes from Nov. 9-19
learning how to lead, train on resiliency issues and teach life
skills to others.
The Army got to this point through collaboration with the University
of Pennsylvania — customizing its positive psychology program for
use within the Army.
Participants learn real-time resilience and problem solving, as well
as how to identify strengths in self and others, and assertive
communication. Classes are taught in different learning
environments, such as large groups, breakouts and role-play, that
help participants learn how to apply their knowledge to train
This new training course emphasizes that the Army is focused on a
true prevention model, aimed at the entire force, not just people in
the throes of crisis.
What does the Army have planned for the
The Army will build and field a cadre of MRTs within five years and
complete a Training Support Package that will be used to meet this
Eventually, the MRT training will transition to the Training and
A similar course is in the curriculum development phase for family
members and Army civilians, which will allow for their eventual
Why is this important to the Army?
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness represents the Army’s
investment in the quality of life of Soldiers, families and
civilians by giving the same emphasis to psychological and emotional
strength that previously was given to physical strength.
The $125 million program, based on 30-plus years of scientific study
and results, uses individual assessments, tailored virtual training,
classroom training and embedded resilience experts to provide
Soldiers the critical skills needed to take care of themselves,
their families and their teammates, enhancing Army readiness in this
era of persistent conflict.
(From Army News Service.)
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