Resilience

What is Resilience?

The U.S. Army is striving to improve the levels of resilience and readiness within the force. Resilience is the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks. It is vital that wounded, ill and injured Soldiers have the tools to overcome adversity, transition back to the force or onto civilian life and leverage mental and emotional skills and behavior. 

Resilience

Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) and U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Soldiers can improve their resilience through a number of Army programs designed to enhance their recovery and transition so they may return to the force or transition to civilian life . WTUs work closely with the Army-wide Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program (CSF2) to provide tailored training for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and the Families, Caregivers and Cadre who support them. This program focuses on training and self-development tools, which include twelve resilience skills and 6 performance enhancement skills. WTU Cadre and AW2 Advocates are also available to support Soldiers in their holistic recovery by helping set and achieve short- and long-term goals in each of six domains of the Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP): physical, spiritual, emotional, social, Family and career. Download the WTU Resilience and Performance Enhancement Training fact sheet for more information about WTU-specific training. 

U.S. Army Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C)

The U.S. Army Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C) is a comprehensive plan to address the immediate and enduring needs of the Total Army—Active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians. The campaign is working to instill a cultural change by directly linking personal resilience to readiness and emphasizing the responsibility of people at all levels to build and maintain resilience. The Ready and Resilient Campaign builds upon physical, emotional and psychological resilience in our Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians so they improve performance to deal with the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession.

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Resilience Training and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2)

Warrior Care works with Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) to support resilience training at all WTUs and Community Care Units (CCUs). CSF2 is designed to build resilience and enhance performance of the Total Army. It does this by providing training and self-development tools so that members of the Army Family are better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations and thrive in life. As such, CSF2 is an integral part of the U.S. Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign.  The twelve resilience and 6 performance enhancement skills taught by CSF2 are:

The three components of the CSF2 program are:

RESILIENCE SKILLS

  • Hunt the Good Stuff
  • Real-Time Resilience
  • Problem Solving
  • Put It In Perspective
  • Avoid Thinking Traps
  • Detect Icebergs
  • Activating Events – Thoughts – Consequences
  • Mental Games
  • Identify Strength in Self and Others
  • Strengths in Challenges
  • Active Constructive Responding and Effective Praise
  • Assertive Communication
PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT SKILLS
  • Mental Skills Foundation
  • Goal Setting
  • Building Confidence
  • Attention Control
  • Integrating Imagery
  • Energy Management

CSF2 provides support through its CSF2 Training Centers (CSF2-TC) , which collaborate with the Warrior Care and Transition Program by providing training to WTU Leaders, Soldiers, Cadre and Families.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are readiness and resilience important?
Is CSF2 based on scientific study?
How may I contact CSF2 directly regarding the Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) course?
What role does spirituality play in resilience?
What role does adaptive reconditioning play in resilience?

Why are readiness and resilience important?

Readiness and resilience are important because:

  • A healthy mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness
  • Resilience combines mental, emotional and physical skills to generate optimal performance (i.e. readiness) - in combat, healing after injury and in managing work and home life
  • Resilient individuals are better able to bounce back and overcome adversity by leveraging mental and emotional skills and behavior by seeking out training
  • Individual resilience can be built, maintained and strengthened when viewed as an enduring concept and acquired through regular training

Is CSF2 based on scientific study?

Yes, CSF2 is based on over 30 years of scientific study and results, uses individual assessments, formal training and embedded resilience and performance experts to provide the critical skills our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians need. CSF2 is constantly assessing the effectiveness of its efforts.

How may I contact CSF2 directly regarding the Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) course?

You may contact CSF2 using the following email address: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-dcs-g-1.list.resilience-training@mail.mil .

What role does spirituality play in resilience?

The U.S. Army Warrior Care Program (ARCP) defines spirituality as: “One's purpose, core values, beliefs, identity and life vision. These elements, which define the essence of a person, enable one to build inner strength, make meaning of experiences, behave ethically, persevere through challenges and be resilient when faced with adversity. An individual's spirituality draws upon personal, philosophical, psychological and/or religious teachings and forms the basis of their character.” Though no Soldier can be forced to set goals in the spiritual domain, they are strongly encouraged to do so as a part of their participation in the Army Warrior Care Program (ARCP). Each Soldier has the option of integrating spirituality into his or her overall healing process.  For more information, visit the WTC website section about Spiritual Support.

What role does adaptive reconditioning play in resilience?

Adaptive reconditioning includes any physical activities that wounded, ill and injured Soldiers participate in regularly to support their physical and emotional well-being. These activities contribute to successful recovery for Soldiers whether they are transitioning back to active duty or to civilian life. For more information, visit the WTC website section about Adaptive Reconditioning.

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