Over the next several months, U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command staff members will participate in the same performance enhancement training seminars that are being held across the U.S. Army’s combat formations.
The CSF2 program is a key component of the Army’s “Ready and Resilient” campaign, designed to synchronize Army programs that build individual and collective ability to accomplish a mission while facing adversity and adapting to change.
“Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness was developed to look at the mindset of an individual Soldier, Department of the Army civilian, or Family member, and help them develop for when they’re under pressure and when it matters most to perform well,” said Garza, following an hour-long session with Soldiers and civilians assigned to the FORSCOM and USARC headquarters.
As part of the “Ready and Resilient” campaign, the CSF2 program’s mission is to provide 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, she said.
During the session, Garza defined “performance” as an act that can be measured, has specific start and end points, and has clear consequences upon reaching that end point.
Acknowledging that “performance” in a headquarters staff environment is different than that during a field exercise or deployment, Garza emphasized that the distinct mental approaches for skill development and execution apply in any environment.
The CSF2 enhancement models are based on over four decades of scientific research and recognized best practices in the field of sports and performance psychology; the tenets underlying excellence in human performance are applicable to all professional occupations, according to CSF2 resource material.
Garza, who holds a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology, and another master’s in mental health counseling, said the performance psychology used with professional athletes translates well into military conditions where an individual must “bring their best self to every performance.”
Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness training centers operate on 16 U.S. Army installations, and Garza, who has been based out of Fort Bragg for two years, has found herself in front of a variety of groups ranging from the “Golden Knights” of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, to elements within the 82nd Airborne Division’s brigade combat teams, to a 500-member audience from the XVIII Airborne Corps’s 50th Signal Battalion.
The Fort Bragg CSF2 training center also works closely with Soldiers assigned to the installation’s special operations forces, as well as various Fort Bragg units’ Family readiness groups.
Hour-long seminars covering these skills, similar to the Nov. 26 mental skills foundations class, will be held for FORSCOM and USARC each month in 2014 to give staff leaders insight into the training available to U.S. Army Soldiers, civilians and Family members.
Furthermore, the training foundations are relevant in a variety of environments, including within the walls of the commands’ own Marshall Hall headquarters complex, he said.
An addition to the performance and resilience training available throughout the Total Army Force, 4-, 8- and 16-hour CSF2 executive leadership training programs are available to help unit leaders understand the roles and responsibilities of master resiliency trainers within their formations.
“Our vision is to have a physically healthy and psychologically strong force — Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians. To get there we need Army leadership buy-in; that’s why we created this course,” said Col. Kenneth Riddle, the U.S. Army’s director of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, about the executive leadership classes.
FORSCOM and USARC staff members will be informed of future CSF2 training opportunities in the coming months through the FORSCOM-USARC Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
Additionally, more than 60, online training modules covering major CSF2 emotional, social, Family, spiritual and physical focus areas are available for Soldiers, civilians and Family members who complete the global assessment tool survey by visiting http://csf2.army.mil and clicking “Take the GAT” in the website’s top, right-hand corner.