Ready and Resilient Campaign at West Point
From the West Point Garrison
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 8, 2014) — The Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign Plan, known as “R2C,” in March 2013. After more than a decade of military conflict and, most recently, declining funding, the Army’s R2C plan is a strategic effort to establish a cultural change that integrates resilience into our daily duties promoting readiness within the force.
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh explained that R2C presents us with “…a historic opportunity to understand the lessons of the last 12 years and build upon the great strength present in our force today. To take advantage of this strength and to address the challenges that stress our force, I am directing you to develop a “Ready and Resilient” Campaign to integrate and synchronize the multiple efforts and programs designed to improve the readiness and resilience of the Total Force—Soldiers, their families and Army civilians.”
R2C tailors prevention and response measures to promote physical, moral and mental fitness, emotional stability, personal growth, dignity and respect through the achievement of four key campaign objectives:
1. Structure policies, systems, and processes to provide effective support to Soldiers [Cadets], Soldier families and Army civilians.
2. Integrate resilience support across the spectrum of recruitment, training, development (academic, physical), and transition into the Active Army.
3. Strengthen Army professionals and promote trust among the Soldier [Cadet], leaders, civilians and the Army.
4. Communicate our campaign and its programs to leaders at all levels, Soldiers [Cadets], Soldier families, civilians, in addition to external audiences.
“We are changing how we do business across the Army and here at West Point,” Garrison Commander Col. Dane Rideout said. “The West Point Community’s Ready and Resilient Campaign has more than 20 component programs, and in order to help us manage all of them, Keller Army Community Hospital Commander Col. Felicia Pehrson and I co-chair a quarterly Community Health Promotion Council, which consists of five subcommittees: Social, Behavioral, Spiritual, Physical and Cadet.”
The Community Health Promotion Council will ensure that the programs and services that exist are serving the needs of the community and then ensuring that there is unity of efforts in caring for the community.
Emphasizing the importance of this council, Pehrson said that she and Rideout are partners, “… in an effort to improve the effectiveness of programs and resources that enhance and sustain the physical, psychological and emotional resilience of our community.”
“However, to be successful this partnership must extend beyond our council and the programs it oversees,” she said. “It must include a partnership among cadets, Soldiers, families, leaders, health teams, civilian employees, and our community to promote readiness, resilience and responsibility.”
U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., said “R2C will integrate and synchronize Army and West Point programs in a direct way to improve the physical, psychological and emotional health of our total force.”
Resilience is a key concept for the Total Army, as a variety of stress factors are common in a military environment. Maintaining and strengthening resilience are important for several reasons:
• A healthy mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness.
• Resilience combines mental, emotional, and physical skills to generate optimal performance (i.e., readiness)—in combat, healing after injury, and managing work and home life.
• Resilient persons are better able to bounce back and overcome adversity by leveraging mental and emotional skills and behavior by seeking out training.
• Individual resilience can be built, maintained, and strengthened when viewed as an enduring concept and acquired through regular training.
The Ready and Resilient Campaign is in full swing for 2014 at the U.S. Military Academy. The West Point Garrison has published a newsletter with all the facts about the installation’s R2C campaign and more. Information can also be found on the Garrison Facebook page, the West Point Command Channel or by visiting the Army’s website at www.army.mil/ready and resilient/.
The Army Ready and Resilient Campaign is in full swing at West Point as it seeks to engage Soldiers, civilians, cadets and families.
West Point G3 Sgt. Maj. Eric Usbeck is coordinating a series of R2C orientation and specific program briefings to present to West Point’s leaders.
He said being “ready” is about having the ability to accomplish assigned tasks or missions through resilience, individual and collective team training and leadership. Being resilient means having the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.
“Understanding these terms and the necessities to instill a change in our culture of how we support the Total Army are critical to the success of this campaign, Usbeck said. “Readiness is tied into resilience and ultimately, R2C is about making West Point and the Army even stronger.”
Usbeck indicated that “…the Army’s R2C will make resilience training a key part of all professional military education.”
“It will promote healthy lifestyles that are based on the triad of physical fitness, nutrition and sleep, and it will improve methods to help leaders understand high-risk behaviors that could lead to suicide,” he said. “Ultimately, the campaign will strive to eliminate the stigma that might keep Soldiers from seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress or brain injuries.”
The West Point R2C will seek to institutionalize education to promote resilience and build it into professional military instruction at various levels of a Soldier’s career. It is important that civilians are included in this effort to obtain and then maintain a state of resilience.
The end state for the campaign is achieved when the Army’s culture has embraced resilience as part of its profession and as a key and critical component to readiness.
What is Ready?
The Ready and Resilient Campaign reinforces the demonstrated resilience of the U.S. Army Soldiers, civilians and families over the past 12 years.
As a comprehensive plan addressing the immediate and enduring needs of the Total Army—Active, Reserve, National Guard Soldiers, their families, Army civilians and cadets—this campaign synchronizes and integrates key Army programs that focus on building resilience, reinforcing prevention, and supporting the reduction of suicide and suicidal ideations, sexual harassment and sexual assault, bullying and hazing, substance abuse, domestic violence and stigma barriers associated with seeking help.
What is "Resilient"?
Resilient describes the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from mistakes.
Why is this important to the Army and West Point?
There are many reasons. For one, a healthy spirit, mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness.
For another, resilience is beneficial in combat, healing after injury, and in managing work and home life. That’s because resilience generates optimal performance by combining mental, emotional, and physical skills.
Further, resilient individuals are better able to bounce back and overcome adversity by leveraging these skills and by seeking out training, education and methods to improve their lifestyles.
Additionally, individual resilience can be built, maintained and strengthened through regular training and education.
In turn, this strengthens the Total Army and provides much stronger individuals for their families and communities.
Learn about R2C from the quarterly newsletter beginning this month, on the West Point Command Channel, the West Point Garrison Facebook or visit the Army’s Ready and Resilient website at www.army.mil/readyandresilient/.