‘Ready and Resilient Campaign’ kicks off Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
By Dawn Arden
Assistant editor
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The Army has developed a new program designed to boost resiliency among its Soldiers. Brig. Gen. Barrye Price, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, visited Fort Leonard Wood on Monday to introduce the Ready and Resilient Campaign.

This is a program that Dr. Rebecca Johnson, deputy to the commanding general, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, spent three months helping to develop.

“This program is designed to be a top down, bottom up collaborative attempt to fuse all of these programs that are at the top of the system that you have here on your own Fort Leonard Wood,” Price said.

Not only does this new campaign mean more training for Soldiers and leaders, but it also comes with a new level of responsibility. Wrapped up in this new program is a database that allows commanders to access a Soldier’s information as soon as they reach a new command, allowing commanders to better care for their troops.
Price said they hope that by granting the commanders this access they will be able to see which Soldiers have major stressors in their life and need a little extra help from first day they arrive.

“Our mission is to really look across the Army and fuse all of these disparaged programs together in an integrated and coordinated fashion which transforms the assessment of Soldier fitness and strengthens the Army profession in order to create Soldiers, and we believe that there is a correlation between individual resilience and unit readiness,” Price said

“We believe that there is a building block approach that says that a resilient individual is a ready individual. That a resilient individual leads to a resilient team, leads to resilient squads, leads to resilient platoons, so on and so forth. We believe that resilience is a cornerstone in readiness,” he said.

According to Price this will strengthen the profession of arms while strengthening trust between Soldiers, leaders and the institution.

“This is a return to basics,” Price said. “A return to discipline, a return to individual accountability and responsibility. A return to things like troop sponsorship, a return to valued traditions.”   

The training that Soldiers will receive will help them on and off the battlefield.

 “We believe that this resiliency training is going to be a game changer,” Price said. “This isn’t something that’s going to help us in our daily jobs and in our profession, it’s something that’s going to help us in our home life as well.”

“We’re asking people to change – the comprehensive Soldier resilience training is change. It’s asking you to change how you view difficulties and challenges,” Price said. “Change is hard.”

Price stressed repeatedly that this tool is only to be used for the good of the Soldier.
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