Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
HPRC adds Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) to its Total Force Fitness arsenal with this overview, including descriptions of the components of the CSF2 program and additional information on this Army program.
If you'd prefer to find more information on your own, please visit the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness website at http://csf2.army.mil.
What is CSF2?
CSF2 is an Army program designed to build the resilience and enhance the performance of soldiers, their families, and Army civilians. CSF2 does this by providing hands-on training and self-development tools so that members of the Army family are better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations, and thrive in life.
CSF2 has training centers located across the United States that provide resilience and performance-enhancement training. CSF2 is an integral part of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign, which promotes physical and psychological fitness and encourages personal and professional growth. Resilient soldiers, family members, and Army civilians perform better, which results in improved unit readiness and better lives. You may want to read the CSF2 Directive for more about the goals of this program.
The CSF2 program is a holistic resilience-building program. Consistent with the Total Force Fitness movement identified by the Department of Defense (read more about this at HPRC's blog), which identifies multiple components of total fitness, CSF2 highlights “5 Dimensions of Strength”: Social, Emotional, Family, Spiritual, and Physical.
Social: Social fitness means developing and maintaining trusted, valued relationships and friendships that are personally fulfilling and fostering good communication in your relationships (including a comfortable exchange of ideas, views, and experiences).
Emotional: Being emotionally fit means approaching life's challenges in a positive, optimistic way by demonstrating self-control, stamina, and good character with your choices and actions.
Family: Being part of a family unit that is safe, supportive, and loving provides the resources all service members need to live in a healthy and secure environment. That’s family fitness.
Spiritual: One's purpose, core values, beliefs, identity, and life vision are part of spirituality. These elements enable soldiers to build inner strength, make meaning of experiences, behave ethically, persevere through challenges, and be resilient when faced with adversity. Individual spirituality draws upon personal, philosophical, psychological, and/or religious teachings and forms the basis of character.
Physical: Physical fitness means performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, healthy body composition, and flexibility derived through exercise, nutrition, and training. It includes the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) Performance Triad initiative of sleep, activity, and nutrition to improve personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness.
CSF2 has three main components: online self-development, training, and metrics and evaluation.
- The Global Assessment Tool (GAT) is a survey individuals can use confidentially to assess their physical and psychological health based on four of the dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, and family.
- Comprehensive Resilience Modules (CRMs) are web-based self-development training modules individuals can use on their own to learn skills that help build resilience and maintain social, emotional, family, spiritual, and physical resilience.
- Master Resilience Trainers (MRTs) are soldiers, Army civilians, and Army spouses (statutory volunteers) who have passed a 10-day course in CSF2 training methods. MRTs are the only personnel authorized to conduct formal CSF2 resilience training for members of the Army family.
- Performance Enhancement provides soldiers, family members, and Army civilians with the mental and emotional skills to strengthen their minds and perform at their best when it matters most: in combat, healing after an injury, or managing work and home life. This is taught in-person by Master Resilience Trainer – Performance Experts.
- Institutional Resilience Training (IRT) is a form of CSF 2 resilience training provided at every major level of the Army education system, from basic training to the War College.
Metrics and evaluation
- Through research with the support of various internal and external organizations, CSF2 has been able to validate its effectiveness. CSF2 is always analyzing the program and ensuring that the program achieves its goals.
How can you start building your resilience and enhancing your performance today?
- Take the Global Assessment Tool (mandatory for soldiers and encouraged for family members and Army civilians) by visiting: http://csf2.army.mil/takethegat.html.
- After you complete the Global Assessment Tool, continue with the Resilience Training that the online program recommends to you based on your individual GAT score.
CSF2 has various products, including marketing materials and a quarterly newsletter, available at: http://csf2.army.mil/downloads.html.
CSF2’s website also has an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers about Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness.
For further inquiries, please contact CSF2 via email: http://csf2.army.mil/contact.html.
Are you a Master Resilience Trainer? You have access to valuable materials in the MRT Resource Center.