Special to GUIDON
The Drill Sergeant Resiliency Program is a Fort Leonard Wood joint effort to strengthen drill sergeants and families during their high operational training of Initial Entry Training and Advanced Individual Training Soldiers.
In June, Military Family Life counselors joined Chaplain (Maj.) Miller Eichelberger, family life chaplain, to make their counseling services available to drill sergeants and their families.
In the training, Eichelberger shares his life experiences combining his theological and psychological education as a marriage and family therapist to define and share spiritual resiliency.
“Spiritual resiliency is a lifelong journey where people share their techniques, tactics and procedures learned from their faith experiences on how to prepare, react and respond during life’s vicissitudes,” he said.
Eichelberger also related theology to its realistic application.
“There are times in life when something is going to hit you square in the face — broken relationship, death, sickness, occupational issues or maybe an injury will occur in most of your lives,” he said. “I personally have experienced some of these challenges and utilized my spiritual resiliency tools to persevere.”
Drill sergeants were given the opportunity to share other tools that they may have utilized from their various experiences to deal with present and past challenges.
(Editor’s note: Eichelberger submitted this article to GUIDON.)