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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE READY AND RESILIENT? A HOLISTIC APPROACH
A Service member’s readiness for war includes more than a physical fitness test and battle training. Ensuring optimal performance, resilience and recovery requires a more holistic approach.
In 2009 then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen began an effort to create a framework that encompassed all branches of the service and incorporated the wellbeing of Service member families affected by deployments and the resulting consequences. In November 2009, Adm. Mullen tasked the Consortium for Human and Military Performance at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.to host a workshop of leading health specialists.
Samueli Institute coordinated the event and contributed significantly to the establishment of comprehensive fitness principles that were subsequently outlined in a special issue of Military Medicine .
“Total Force Fitness is more than a physical fitness; it is the sum total of the many facets of individuals, their families, and the organization in which they serve. It is a state of being.” Adm. Mullen, from the introduction to the special issue.
Because resilience and readiness is based on so many domains, studying resilience from a single domain is insufficient because it separates the person from their environment.
Samueli Institute advocated for a cross-discipline approach, which allows for a complete understanding of resilience of a whole person within his or her environment.
In 2013, Samueli Institute convened a meeting of experts in the fields of biology, engineering, sociology, medicine and psychology, and others to build an interdisciplinary model for understanding resilience. This meeting marked the beginning of a collaborative study of resilience and how to bridge the current gaps.