Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
HPRC adds Comprehensive Soldier & 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 like to find more information on your own, please visit the Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness website at http://csf2.army.mil./about.html.
What is CSF2?
Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) is designed to build resilience and enhance performance of the Army family: soldiers, their families, and Army civilians. CSF2 does this by providing 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. Consistent with the components of Total Force Fitness identified by the Department of Defense, CSF2 focuses on Five Dimensions of Strength: Social, Emotional, Family, Spiritual, and Physical.
CSF2 has training centers located across the United States. These training centers provide resilience and performance enhancement training at Army installations (unit level). 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.
For more information, visit the Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness website. You also may want to read the CSF2 Directive for more about the goals of this program.
CSF2 has three main components: Online Assessment and Self-Development, Training, and Metrics & Evaluation.
Online Assessment and Self-Development
- Global Assessment Tool (GAT) 2.0 is a survey tool through which individuals can confidentially assess their physical and psychological health based on the Five Dimensions of Strength: Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Family, and Physical.
- ArmyFit™ is an online environment and social-media platform that facilitates personal growth and development while providing tailored information and resources and up-to-date health and fitness information.
- Master Resilience Trainers (MRTs) serve as commanders' advisors for resilience training. Graduates of a 10-day course, these soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Army spouses (statutory volunteers) are the only personnel authorized to conduct formal resilience training to 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.
- Institutional Resilience Training is provided at every major level of the Army education system, from basic training to the War College.
Metrics & Evaluation
Through research supported by various internal and external organizations, CSF2 has been able to validate its effectiveness. CSF2 is always analyzing the program to ensure program efficacy.
The CSF2 program is a holistic resilience-building program. Like the Total Force Fitness movement (read more about this at HPRC's blog), which identifies multiple domains comprising total fitness, CSF2 highlights “Five 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 needed for all members to live in a healthy and secure environment.
Spiritual: One's purpose, core values, beliefs, identity, and life vision define the essence of a person, enabling 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 his or her character.
Physical: Performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, healthy body composition, and flexibility comes from exercise, nutrition, and training. The physical dimension also encompasses the Office of the Surgeon General’s (OTSG) Performance Triad initiative of sleep, activity, and nutrition to improve personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness.
How can you start building your resilience and enhancing your performance today?
- Take the Global Assessment Tool 2.0 (mandatory for soldiers, encouraged for family members and Army civilians) by visiting http://csf2.army.mil/takethegat.html.
- Take advantage of all the tools and resources within ArmyFit™, including tailored videos, information, and people/organizations to follow—all based on your GAT 2.0 scores.
- CSF2 has information, products, and more available for your use at http://csf2.army.mil/downloads.html.
- CSF2’s website also has an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers about the program.
- For further inquiries, please contact CSF2 via email at http://csf2.army.mil/contact.html.
- Are you a Master Resilience Trainer? You have access to valuable materials in the MRT Resource Center.