Integration, transformation and readiness
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Senior leaders from across the Training and Doctrine Command gathered here Jan. 19 and 20 to learn about and discuss the latest Ready and Resilient, or R2, program initiatives.
The purpose of the two-day symposium was to present leaders with a series of interrelated R2 topics designed “with improving readiness by emphasizing the importance of mental, physical, physiological and emotional factors in sustaining resilience,” said Tony Del Valle, R2 program lead for TRADOC.
Briefs were presented on several topics, including Soldier for Life, Holistic Health and Fitness and Army Community Services to ensure leaders were aware of all the components of the R2 strategy and the tools at their disposal.
The Army published the Enduring Personal Readiness and Resilience Operations Order in November, which outlined the strategy of providing R2 capabilities to commanders and leaders. These capabilities will enable leaders to achieve and sustain personal readiness and optimize performance in environments of uncertainty and persistent danger.
The Army and TRADOC continue to focus on a holistic approach to improve the R2 program by revising policy, improving training and leader visibility of Soldiers, civilians and families, and ensuring best use of available resources.
Hugh Davis, TRADOC G-1 deputy chief of staff, said as a government civilian and retired Soldier, he has a personal commitment to improving and sustaining readiness across the entire formation.
“We at TRADOC establish the protocol for the Army to disseminate what is important to the Army,” Davis said. The TRADOC R2 program reinforces the need to achieve and sustain personal readiness and resilience. It helps to empower leaders to take care of those they lead by fostering an environment of trust and ensuring Soldiers, civilians and families have the necessary tools to handle any challenges that come up.
The concept driving this strategy is not a new one. In 2014 TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, “The Army Operating Concept,” explains in linking warfighting challenges to required capabilities by training resilient Soldiers and adaptive leaders and cohesive teams to ensure they are prepared to accomplish the mission across the range of military operations, while operating in complex environments against determined, adaptive enemy organizations.
The Army’s mission can be stressful on Soldiers and their families. Soldiers must be prepared to battle personal and physical challenges, while operating in some of the most extreme conditions far away from home. “That requires resilience,” said Gen. David G. Perkins, TRADOC commanding general.
From deploying with a unit to deploying as an individual augmentee, so many factors can change from one mission to the next. “Almost everything we do is different than the last, so you have to have resilience,” Perkins said.
The senior enlisted leader in TRADOC said he feels that noncommissioned officers have a huge role in the R2 mission. “This is the role of the NCO; the sergeant major has to be the subject matter expert on manning programs to help the commanders and to help the Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport, TRADOC’s command sergeant major.
This symposium is the latest TRADOC-specific input to supporting the Army’s R2 program. As the Army’s premier trainer, TRADOC’s efforts include:
- The Army Master Resilience School, which trains about 1,560 Level I Master Resilience trainers and 160 Level II MRT facilitators a year.
- Conducting institutional resilience training as part of initial military training and professional military education.
- In coordination with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, assist G-1 Army Resiliency Directorate in evaluating and revising IRT curriculum.
- The U.S. Army SHARP Academy, educates and trains about 4,500 sexual assault response coordinators, victim advocates, SHARP trainers and program managers across all components of the Army per year.
- Through the Mission Command Center of Excellence’s Human Dimension Division, assists the Department of the Army in the development of sound concepts and capabilities to optimize performance in an increasingly complex environment.
- Provides leadership training in critical thinking, ethics, character, competence, emotional intelligence and commitment under the auspices of the Army University.
Emphasizing the command’s continued commitment to the R2 program, Davenport said if TRADOC invests in Soldiers and their families, the command will hand back to the operational Army better noncommissioned officers, officers, leaders and families.
For more information about the Army’s R2 program, go to https://www.army.mil/readyandresilient/.
Pictured above: Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks during TRADOC’s Ready and Resilient Symposium Jan. 19 on Fort Eustis, Virginia. During the two-day symposium, senior leaders from across TRADOC gathered to learn about and discuss the latest R2 program initiatives. (Photo Credit: Shama Crumes)