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As one of the pillars of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, the Army is incorporating resilience skills training into all professional military education. Every Soldier (officer, warrant officer, and enlisted) will receive progressive and sequential resilience training throughout his or her career.

In support of this initiative, CGSC, in coordination with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, developed a 2-hour lesson entitled Resilience Training for Senior Leaders. During this lesson, students will examine the doctrinal foundations of resilience and methods to assess and develop individual resilience. Additionally students will discuss how leaders influence the resilience of their Soldiers and organizations. Students will also gain an understanding of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and how to use its components to increase well-being for themselves, their families, and their units.

For those seeking more depth of knowledge and skill in the subject, the College also offers an elective – Total Fitness. Total Fitness is a course of instruction designed to provide participants with evidence-based approaches and tools for improving well-being in each domain of Comprehensive Solider Fitness: emotional, social, family, physical, and spiritual. It is based heavily on positive psychology concepts, research, and empirically supported interventions. The twelve two-hour lessons focus on building positive attributes and psychological resources, such as character strengths, self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, and strong social connections. Each lesson provides practical skills or activities participants can use in their daily lives. They are accompanied with enough theory and scientific background to establish credibility and evidence that the applications, when practiced, will lead to meaningful change. Upon completion, participants should experience greater personal well-being and have the knowledge and confidence to help improve the well-being of their families and their military organizations.


Recommended Reading
Cover   Title   Subtitle   Author(s)
The Resillience Factor spacer The Resilience Factor   Seven Essential Skills For Overcoming
Life's Inevitable Obstacles
  Karen Reivich (Author),
Andrew Shatte (Author)
  Resilience is a crucial ingredient - perhaps the crucial ingredient - to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks.

The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive.
Flourish spacer Flourish       Martin Seligman, Ph.D. (Author)
  Brilliant, beautiful, useful, and true. How many books can you say that about? Well, you can say it for sure about Flourish. Written by a master of research as well as a thoroughly joyful man, Flourish will allow you to flourish if you simply read the book and follow its sane, sage, ground-breaking advice. Skeptics, beware! This book will prove you wrong. You actually can plan your way to a joyful and fulfilling life. Read and rejoice!

Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Shine: Using Brain Science to Bring the Best from Your People



Last Reviewed: November 8, 2011

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