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-4. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

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8-4. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

Soldiers must cope with adversity, perform well in stressful situations, and learn to thrive in stressful environments.

The Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program is designed to build resilience and enhance the performance of the Army Family – Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians – through hands-on training and online self-development tools.

Resilient individuals enhance Army performance and readiness. Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity.

The goal of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness is to increase your resilience and enhance your performance by developing and strengthening five dimensions of strength.

  1. Social strength refers to developing and maintaining trusted, valued relationships and friendships that are personally fulfilling and foster good communication including a comfortable exchange of ideas, views, and experiences.

  2. Emotional strength means approaching life’s challenges in a positive, optimistic way by demonstrating self-control, stamina, and good character with your choices and actions.

  3. Family strength is about being a part of a family unit that is safe, supportive and loving, and provides the resources needed for all members to live in a healthy and secure environment.

  4. Spiritual strength refers to one’s purpose, core values, beliefs, identity, and life vision. These elements, which define the essence of a person, enable one to build inner strength, make meaning of experiences, behave ethically, persevere through challenges, and be resilient when faced with adversity. An individual’s spirituality draws upon personal, philosophical, psychological, and/or religious teachings, and forms the basis of their character.

  5. Physical strength is about performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, healthy body composition, and flexibility derived through exercise, nutrition, and training. The physical dimension also encompasses the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) Performance Triad Initiative of sleep, activity, and nutrition to improve personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness.

8-5. Chaplains

The chaplain is responsible for providing spiritual support to every Soldier in the unit. Although chaplains are part of a particular denomination, their mission is to ensure the spiritual needs of every Soldier are met. Each battalion in the Army has its own Chaplain (normally a CPT). The chaplains and their assistants form the Unit’s Ministry Team.

Chaplains hold weekly services (while in garrison and in the field), are available for individual counseling, and are one of the few members of the military who retain the privilege of confidentiality. The chaplain also plays a key role in helping promote programs, such as suicide prevention.

In the BCT/OSUT/AIT environment, they are of particular value in helping Soldiers succeed under difficult and stressful conditions. They assist the commander in teaching, displaying, and instilling the Army Values, and in maintaining high morale within the unit.

8-6. Risk Management

Every Soldier, regardless of rank, is faced with making decisions. You will be challenged to make smart decisions about risk, decisions that will affect not only yourself, but also your team, family, and friends.

The Army uses a system called Risk Management to help make those decisions. FM 5-19, Risk Management is the Army’s doctrinal manual for risk management.

The system doesn’t just apply in combat but to everything you do on or off duty. The whole goal is to preserve the Army's ability to fight and win by keeping you safe. The Army’s Risk Management is a logical approach to risk-associated decision making that will help you make smart risk decisions and reduce the possibility of becoming a loss.

As you progress throughout your career, you will learn more about the Risk Management process. For now, you need to focus on a few items to ensure your safety while you are in Initial Entry Training:

  • Hot Weather Injury Awareness

  • Cold Weather Injury Awareness

  • Weapon Muzzle Awareness

  • Environmental Hazards (insects, animals, poisonous plants, etc.)

  • Follow all directions/orders at all times

Chapter 9 – Discipline

The Army is subject to military law and the laws of our government, and we strive to live as law-abiding Soldiers in whatever we do and wherever we go.

Military discipline is founded upon self-discipline, respect for authority, and the embracing of the professional Army ethic with its supporting core values.

Military discipline is developed through individual and group training to create a mental attitude that will result in proper conduct and prompt obedience to lawful military authority.

The Rules

There are three basic rules you should follow:

  • Follow Army regulations and the UCMJ.

  • Take responsibility for your actions.

  • Set the example, do what is right even when no one is watching and always keep your hands to yourself.

While military discipline is the result of effective training, it affects every aspect of military life. It is a characteristic found in individuals and units that demonstrate:

  • Unit cohesion, bonding, and a spirit of teamwork.

  • Smartness of appearance and action.

  • Cleanliness and maintenance of dress, equipment, and quarters.

  • Respect to seniors and mutual respect between senior and subordinate personnel.

  • Prompt and willing execution of both the letter, and the spirit of the legal orders of their lawful commanders.

  • Fairness, justice, and equity for all Soldiers, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, color, gender, or national origin.

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