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Building Resilience: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

April 16, 2010

America’s Army is made up of talented, experi - enced and well-trained Soldiers and civilians. With their dedication and commitment, the Army is ac - complishing the missions the nation has assigned— conducting operations in two theaters—all while transforming and modernizing. More than eight years of combat, however, have stretched Soldiers, their family members and Army civilians.

Soldiers and Army civilians are experiencing multiple deployments. The Army has seen the num - ber of suicides rise each year, and more people are experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, Soldiers’ family members are going through these experiences too, both while the spouses/parents are deployed and after they return.

The resilience of the force is dependent upon the ability of its people to cope with the cumula - tive effects of stress, and to better adapt to future demands. To meet these continuing challenges, the Army has redoubled its efforts to build resil - ience in its Soldiers, family members and civil - ians by taking steps to embrace social, emotional, spiritual, family and physical fitness. Through its comprehensive health strategy, the Army is maxi - mizing physical and psychological health pro - motion and prevention to increase readiness and quality of life.