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Wainwright NCOs become Master Resilience Trainers

Allen Shaw

Fort Wainwright PAO


FORT WAINWRIGHT, ALASKA - The Army trains Soldiers to use sophisticated weapons and prepares them for combat. They prepare for a variety of battlefield situations and are determined to groom a team of defenders who are complete in body, mind and soul.


Part of this comprehensive preparation is being developed through a fairly new program called the Army’s “Master Resiliency Training Course,” which is part of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The MRT program is designed to enhance a Soldier’s mettle and mental thinking and focus on the five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, family and physical, as recently described in a www.army.mil article by Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Torres-Cortes, Army North public affairs. 


Staff Sgt. Jordan Goers, master resiliency trainer with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright recently completed the course. The MRTs receive their training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia or Victory University at Fort Jackson, SC.


“My personal definition of MRT, is building Soldiers’ personal resilience to enhance their effectiveness and well-being, to develop their leadership potential and to maintain a fully mission-capable force in any military spectrum of operation,” Goers said.


MRT instructors are their unit commanders’ advisors on CSF.


“They train the unit on all aspects regarding MRT. They are not, however, counselors and should not be used as such,” Goers said. The MRT’s job is to train Soldiers on all modules of the program and allow the individual to use the tools taught to fix issues and handle problems.  It is the responsibility of the trainers to ensure Soldiers in the unit are grasping the concept behind the program.


“The trainers can’t make the Soldier use everything taught,” Goers said. “But [they] need to make sure they see the link between what is taught and how to use it.”


The program is a device that helps Soldiers, whether new to the Army, in a garrison environment, or in combat, deal with stressors that occur in life.


“It’s great for family members and Department of Army civilians too,” Goers said, “because Soldiers aren’t the only ones dealing with the stress and issues from deployment or that of day-to-day operations. It also benefits everyone because it helps create a positive environment and attitude not just Soldier to Soldier, but husband and wife, mother-father and son-daughter and so on,”


He said it can have a positive influence in all relationships, which in turn makes for a healthier, more resilient lifestyle.


The goal of the program is not to change everyone to meet one specific criterion, according to Goers.


“Everyone has deeply rooted beliefs and everyone has emotions,” Goers said. “I believe [emotional awareness, social communications, family values and spiritual beliefs] are important. People are who they are and it’s the vast differences in people that make relationships between one another an overall progression.


“The key thing is for people to see themselves as they are and identify areas or aspects of themselves or their lives that needs a positive adjustment and then being open to that change,” he said. “The better someone understands themselves and why they do what they do because of their communication skills or those deep beliefs, the stronger they become as a person and (more able) to build strengths needed to overcome things they don’t handle so well.”


Another participant in the training, Sgt. 1st Class Skeet Styer, 2-8th, 1-25th SBCT said, “The most challenging part of learning resiliency and balance is being honest with yourself.”