Army

April 5, 2012

Army aims to grow more resilience trainers on its own


SMA

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 30, 2012) — About 8,000 Soldiers are now trained as “master resilience trainers,” or MRTs, and the Army wants even more, but it hopes to train them in an Army school.

The MRT course is a “teaching the teachers” type of training. The noncommissioned officer, or NCOs, who attend the course go back to their home units and teach resilience to their own Soldiers. Right now, Soldiers are getting the MRT course in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania. The Army is going to change that, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

The Army has built the “Warrior University” at Fort Jackson, S.C. The MRT program will eventually be taught there, he said, not in Philadelphia.

“The objective is to create within the Army the capability to produce and generate capacity for a more resilient force,” Chandler said.

The Army’s senior enlisted advisor spoke March 28 during the fourth annual “Warrior Resilience Conference” in Washington, D.C. He said the Army is doing a good job at training Soldiers to be resilient, though there’s always room to improve.

“As an Army we need to do even better than we are right now,” said Chandler. “We are actually doing very well with the implementation of our resiliency programs, specifically MRT. But we have got to do better. And I don’t believe that we’re ever going to be completely satisfied with where we are.”

Those 8,000 master resilience trainers, he said, are distributed down to battalion level in the Army. With more Soldiers trained as MRTs, Chandler said, the Army could have MRTs down to company level.

Also a focus at the resilience conference was access to behavioral health services, and helping service members overcome their aversion to seeking assistance.

Chandler said right now, the Army, all the services in fact, need to do more to make sure that all service members, across all components and services, can get the help they need where they need it. A particular emphasis was placed on ensuring the availability of those services to members of the reserve components who do not always have proximity to military installations.

“I think that we have to have a much more robust discussion about how we access care across the services, and how we make sure that every person that is a service member, [who] serves in whatever capacity and whatever service, knows that there is a resource there that can help them in their time of need,” Chandler said. “It’s about making sure that we take care of our own, no matter what their capacity is. We have to keep pressing that issue and break down some of the stovepipes that are out there.”

Chandler spoke during a panel discussion at the conference that included senior enlisted advisors from the Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. One conference attendee asked the advisors about how to convince service members that it was okay to seek assistance from mental health professionals, as many service members are concerned that seeking care could be damaging to their careers. The attendee suggested that knowing that senior leadership had been to mental health services would be proof that it was okay.

Chandler responded by relating his own experiences stemming from time spent in Iraq. In Baghdad, in 2004, he said, in his room after an eight-hour patrol “I had a nice 122mm rocket come into my room while I was standing there.”

He said the experience “tripped him up a little bit” and that he pushed the experience aside for several years following that.

“Until I got to a point in my life where (I was) pretty much on a downward spiral,” Chandler said. The SMA said he spent 2009-2011 attending weekly behavioral health sessions, seeing a social worker and going through counseling.

Later, when Chandler was being interviewed for the job as sergeant major of the Army by the Army chief of staff, now-retired Gen. George Casey had asked him if there was anything in his past that would cause the Army “embarrassment” if it were to come out.

“The one thing that came to mind was that I was in behavioral health care counseling,” Chandler said. “I felt it was my duty to tell the chief.”

Chandler said Casey told him the counseling was not going to cause the Army any embarrassment, and instead asked the SMA to share his story with Soldiers as a way to let Soldiers see the Army is committed to taking care of them.

“If I can be chosen [as SMA], that shows the Army’s commitment,” Chandler said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Kenneth Drylie

Honoring military for 55 years

Kenneth Drylie Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, participate in the 55th Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade, May 17. Soldiers and civilians of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin participat...
 
 
Photo courtesy of www.army.mil

Gold Star pins symbols of honor

Photo courtesy of www.army.mil Major Nalorn Sengamphan, deputy commander and general dentist with United States Army Dental Clinic Command at Fort Irwin, speaks April 9 at Fort Irwin during a ceremony honoring victims of the Ho...
 
 

News Briefs June 6, 2014

Ongoing Registration for Vacation Bible School “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides” at www.groupvbspro.com. Free and hosted at the Fort Irwin Center Chapel, July 28-Aug. 1. Step back in time at “Wilderness Escape,” exploring some of the adventures faced by Moses and the Israelites. Kids and adult volunteers participate at the Israelite Camp, sing...
 

 

How to appeal OER’s, NCOER’s

Have you recently received a not so good officer evaluation report (OER) or non-commissioned officer report (NCOER)? While most of us believe that we are better than what others think of us, there are specific prohibitions in Army regulation 623-3 regarding what cannot be included in the evaluation. If you believe that your evaluation contains...
 
 

MG Ted Martin, members of Fort Irwin community paid tribute to sergeant

A memorial service was held April 17 to remember Sgt. Shaun Morgan Young, 23, a M1 armor crewman and, most recently, driver for National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin. Young died after a motorcycle accident in Victorville, Calif., April 5. Family, friends and leadership were situated at the front of...
 
 
JAG_seal

Army requires providing of family, child support

Marriages sometime break down and the parties decide to separate. While this can be a difficult situation for all involved, it is important to understand the legal and administrative implications that arise when separating from...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin