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Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) is designed to build resilience and enhance performance of the Army Family — Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians. CSF2 does this by providing hands-on 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.

The Global Assessment Tool (GAT) is a survey tool through which individuals are able to confidentially assess their physical and psychological health based on four of the five dimensions of strength: social, emotional, family, and spiritual fitness. Comprehensive Resilience Modules (CRMs) are available if you have taken the GAT. Soldiers should take the GAT at least once a year or after any significant emotional event. It’s a good way to better handle the negative aspects of life.

Still not convinced about why you should take the GAT. Check out five reasons below that may change your mind:

1) Reminds you how good you were and can be. Negative self-talk can start you on a path to a bad day and on to a bad year. Think of the GAT as a way to get you back on track by reminding you of the positive things that motivated you in the past. I use it to track my outlook on my life over the years.

2) Check your mental health balance. Would you go year after year without checking your bank balance? I check my bank account several times a week to make sure my debit card doesn’t get declined at the cash register and I have to shamefully walk the milk and beer all the way back to their sections in the back of the store. Along the same lines, I don’t want to go into an emotionally challenging situation thinking I have the “money in the bank” to handle anything life throws at me, but am actually a little short.

3) Give yourself control. For anyone who has allowed stress to negatively affect them, taking the GAT will help you get stressors under control instead of stressors controlling you.

4) Improve relationships. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can offer a goal you and your spouse or partner can work on together.

5) Stuff happens. Life doesn’t go as planned forever. Stuff happens. Perspectives change. Hope that’s not news to anyone. So that means it’s likely that your mental health might go through some ups and downs or at least change a bit.

Have you taken the GAT? Share with us your thoughts about the survey in the comments section below!

Blog post submitted by Marvin ‘Jay’ Baker, Army Public Affairs