Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff at the U.S. Army, has signed an 85-page operation order that seeks to optimize soldiers’ personal readiness and resilience through engagement with leaders, peers and family members.
The Army said Tuesday the order shifts the strategy of the military branch’s Ready and Resilient campaign from efforts that focus on individuals’ risk factors to a “more proactive approach” that involves all soldiers.
“By switching to a strengthening of all soldiers and elevating their personal readiness and resiliency, … it makes it as if everyone is working on this path together and individuals aren’t singled out,” said Sharyn Saunders, director of the Army Resiliency Directorate.
The R2 campaign will also launch the “engage” professional skill training that aims to teach soldiers how to open dialogues with fellow soldiers who display warning signs of self-destructive behavior.
The Army also began to administer engage training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma while soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado will start to train in 2017.
Established in 2012, the R2 campaign covers five domains of personal readiness such as physical, psychological, social, spiritual and family.