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Army graduates 1st Master
Resilience Trainer class

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 others.

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 future?

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 goal.

Eventually, the MRT training will transition to the Training and Doctrine Command.

A similar course is in the curriculum development phase for family members and Army civilians, which will allow for their eventual voluntary participation.

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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