A Different Perspective-CSF

Although the dust has settled, the U.S. Army continues to actively promote its Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program. This program is aimed at increasing resiliency in our Soldiers and Families. In January, the Global Assessment Test (GAT) was opened to Spouses and Families of Active-Duty Soldiers.

The Master Resiliency Training Course has continued to be a highlight for the program. This ten-day course, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, consist of seminars and training focused on developing more resilient Soldiers-from deployment to when they return home.

During the MRT course, Soldiers have submitted blog entries highlighting what they have learned. This entry presents a slightly different perspective because it is written by an Army Civilian. Read below to learn more about Assistant Professor Matt Broaddus’s take on the course.

To be honest my initial reaction to be sent to the January 18 – 28 session of Master Resilience Training (MRT) was less than enthusiastic. I had made some negative assumptions about the program. I was disappointed that I was going to spend ten days attending training that I thought would have limited application. I am happy to report that my assumptions about the training and its application were wrong.

What I learned about resilience from reading The Resilience Factorand most importantly what I experienced while attending the MRT has great value and application. The information provided by Dr. Karen Reivich and her team of experts put the program’s objectives in context and established a good foundation for my understanding and future use.

Resilience is not a new attribute. But what I think is new is the emphasis on developing resilient Soldiers by using elements of positive psychology to develop specific skills. Taking this concept further, I believe the Command and General Staff School can incorporate MRT aspects into many areas of our curriculum.   

Professor Broaddus is an Assistant Professor, Department of Command and Leadership, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.