Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

Rhonda L. Cornum and Paul B. Lester

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

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Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is part of a long-term preventive health strategy to strengthen soldiers, their families, and army civilians, and increase readiness through a holistic program of longitudinal assessment and education. It focuses on psychological as well as physical health, using the same model that has long been accepted for physical fitness training in the Army. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is an education and training program for everyone; it is not a therapeutic program focused on people with particular diagnoses or disabilities. And CSF is a long-term investment strategy, not a “stand down,” “chain-teach,” or other single or annual event. Just as physical fitness is not achieved by a single visit to the gym, psychological strength is not achieved by a single class or lecture. It is achieved by learning, practicing what you have learned, seeing the results, and then learning more. The program is designed to help the large population of normal people become more resilient when faced with stressful events, by training cognitive techniques and interpersonal skills that will help them continue functioning in a turbulent world, and helping them successfully confront future challenges with a positive outlook.

Keywords: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness; emotional strength; psychological fitness; resilience; Army

Article.  7383 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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