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Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014

Soldiers, Families attend resilience training

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Fort Benning Soldiers, spouses and Army civilians began the first 10-day Master Resilience Trainer course July 28.

Part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, MRT will be offered as four courses each year in support of all Fort Benning units, as well as the National Guard and Reserves.

During the course, 90 students reviewed commons myths about resilience and why it is critical for success and well being, as well as learned scientific literature of the core factors that predict resilience. Soldiers learn how to teach 14 resilience and performance enhancing skills, including goal setting, energy management, emotion awareness and regulation, impulse control and others.

Staff Sgt. Brian Ditzler, an MRT facilitator, said each MRT course is conducted in three phases and broken down into large and smaller groups to engage students in learning and applying resilience principles.

Soldiers participating in the course include noncommissioned officers and officers who will return to the force as drill sergeants, squad leaders, platoon sergeants and leaders, first sergeants and company commanders and will be expected to train the skills to the Soldiers in the units while serving as subject matter experts for their commanders.

"A commander selects NCOs and officers based on the attributes and competencies and the potential to serve as an MRT," Ditzler said. "The selection for Family members follows a similar process. Commands recommend the spouses they believe will best benefit the Family Readiness Group."

Ditzler said students who graduate from the course as Level 1 are necessary to meet the Army's Ready and Resilience command goals of one MRT per company. As an Army-wide initiative, Soldiers can continue training as they relocate to units at other installations.

Kelly Quinn, master performance trainer and performance expert, said the CSF2 training center on Fort Benning will provide quality instructions and feedback to help graduates improve the skills learned from the course. Upcoming courses will continue quarterly and will include 60 participants.

"The hope is that these 90 trained MRTs will not only become resilient themselves, but make their Families more resilient and their Soldiers," Quinn said. "I'm excited about the measures the Army and CSF2 are taking as a preventive strategy for future conflicts. As the force downsizes, it can become that much more ready and resilient."

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