Resilience training reduces transition stress

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, the program manager for Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness at Fort Benning, discusses resilience with students. (Photo by Lindsay Marchello)

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, the program manager for Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness at Fort Benning, discusses resilience with students. (Photo by Lindsay Marchello)

By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, the program manager for Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness at Fort Benning, believes in the importance of building resilience to everyday stressors, especially for Soldiers transitioning to Fort Benning. “We need to be able to cope with some of the stressors of life, we need to be able to cope with some of the stressors of combat ” said Rhodes. “We’re giving (Soldiers) coping skills to make them recognize that in order to put things in perspective ”

The in-processing resilience training course is a requirement for Soldiers transitioning to Fort Benning. The 16-hour course covers six resilience skills and one performance enhancement skill that helps Soldiers during the transition period. In-processing resilience training occurs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday and Friday, with the exception of four day weekends and training holidays. The course is only for Soldiers in the ranks of captain and below. Family members are encouraged to participate in training.

“People get into a downward spiral. We teach them how to keep that in perspective. We teach them how to hunt the positive things in life ” said Rhodes. “Everyday we want people to start off with the good stuff ”

Fort Benning offers several different resilience training courses not only for Soldiers, but for Families and civilians working for the Army at Fort Benning as well.

Resilience training courses are also available at the company, battalion and brigade level.

“We want you to be the most resilient person you can be as an individual — we want the Family to be resilient ” said Rhodes.

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