|Story & photo by C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Army aims to take programs related to Soldier
resilience and align them under one “governance structure” that is
located at the top level of the Army and runs all the way down to
installation and regional coordination councils.
Details for the “Ready and Resilient Campaign” (R2C) plan were reviewed
by Army senior leaders in Washington and their recommendations for going
forward with R2C were briefed to the Army’s vice chief of staff during
the R2C symposium, Dec. 4-5, at the National Defense University.
As part of the Ready and Resilient Campaign, the Army aims to
take programs related to Soldier resilience and synchronize them
in a way that makes them more accessible to Soldiers and their
At the symposium, Army leadership from the surgeon general’s office,
manpower and reserve affairs, Installation Management Command, Training
and Doctrine Command, the Judge Advocate General’s office and others
gathered to review and provide critical initial feedback on the R2C plan
before its implementation begins early next year.
“The campaign plan is something we have recently developed, as a result
of some of the things we’ve done over time and as a result of what we’ve
seen on our trips out to the field,” said Vice Chief of Staff of the
Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III. “It helps us kind of synchronize the
efforts of the total force and make sure we are focusing on the right
There are multiple programs that will be affected by R2C, all of which
affect Soldier readiness, fitness, resilience and health. Some of those
programs are the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, the
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, the Army’s suicide
prevention efforts, the Integrated Disability Evaluation System,
transition programs and the Wounded Warrior care programs.
The vice chief said the Army plans to synchronize multiple Army programs
— any one of which may be successful on its own — to make them more
accessible to commanders, to eliminate potential redundancies and to
make them easier for commanders to understand.
“As we look at them you know in some cases we need to refocus some
things, make sure the resources are there, make sure that one entity is
not competing with another entity for important resources — that we are
looking at this thing in a holistic fashion,” he said. “I think if we do
the right things, we will be successful in all of these programs.”
Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy chief of staff, Army G-1, said
feedback from the field earlier this year, as part of the vice chief’s
“Health of the Force” tour of Army installations, showed that as more
resilience and Soldier fitness programs are pushed to the field,
commanders have had a difficult time in some cases knowing how the
programs relate to each other. The R2C plan aims to provide clarity and
understanding to commanders, Bromberg said.
“It will give them a single point of entry into Army programs that
support improving, overall, taking a great Soldier and making him even
better,” Bromberg said. “By improving the individual Soldier’s
readiness, it is going to improve their unit, improving the unit is
going to improve the Army.”
Synchronizing these programs, Bromberg said, will also make it easier
for commanders to incorporate “resilience” into their core training, “so
it won’t be seen as additional training, it’s seen as complementary and
supportive training to make their unit and individuals better.”
Bromberg also said that as leaders discussed the idea of resilience, the
talks also turned to “readiness.” A Soldier who is resilient, he said,
is a Soldier who is ready for the war fight.
“That means individual readiness; you’ll hear us talk about if you have
a ready individual, you’ll have a ready unit. And ready units, you know
squad-level, make ready platoons. Ready platoons make ready companies
and ready companies make a ready Army,” Bromberg said. “That’s why we
want to synchronize it that way.”
While Army leadership was asked to evaluate and provide feedback on the
R2C plan as it is written, the feedback itself will be evaluated as to
how it can improve the R2C program.
“We’ll collate what we heard with our planning team back in the
(Pentagon), we’ll come back together, start refining the words and then
in January we’ll go back to the leadership and say does this look about
right to meet the chief and the secretary’s intent,” Bromberg said.
Bromberg said the R2C plan will begin fielding in February or March of
In preparation for developing the R2C, Austin, Bromberg and other Army
senior leaders embarked on a week-long series of visits to several Army
bases in July to develop a better understanding of the health of the
“We did multiple sensing sessions at each installation just to talk
about these different aspects of suicide prevention, sexual harassment,
Army drawdown, Families, readiness, resiliency and just an open dialogue
about these concerns and how we need to pull the team together,”
Bromberg said. “When we came back we said we really need to look at how
we synchronize these activities.”
During the visits, commanders expressed concern with taking care of
their Soldiers and were also concerned about having the right resources
to do so. Finding ways for the Army to provide those resources was one
of the goals of the visits.
When Austin and the senior leaders who accompanied him on the trip
returned to Washington, they consolidated their observations from the
trip, analyzed the needs of commanders in the field and looked for
better ways to provide them with what they need to take care of their
What was learned from health of the force visit was instrumental in
developing the R2C plan.