Resiliency app available on smartphones

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
An iPhone user prepares to set goals on the Army's new resiliency app for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The resiliency app will soon be available for Droid users. (Courtesy Photo)

An iPhone user prepares to set goals on the Army's new resiliency app for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The resiliency app will soon be available for Droid users. (Courtesy Photo)

Megan Neunan
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — Being able to set goals and build resiliency is now just an app away.

The free app for iPhones and iPads, developed by a team at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., and the Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Ga., was recently released one month ago.

The app is an electronic version of the Resilience Goals Book under the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, or CSF, program.

The app allows users to set goals within their personal beliefs and then set up electronic reminders to stay on top of them.

Soldiers can also email the goals directly to first-line supervisors.

“It’s the first thing a Soldier can help himself with,” said Sam Rhodes, the action officer responsible for a mobile-phone app that sets resilience goals. “I think it provides a high degree of structure that everyone needs … as we return from war and prepare to go to war.”

Rhodes retired as a command sergeant major and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in 2005. Now he works for the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at Fort Benning. He specifically mentioned that the app is a small way to combat increasing suicide rates and PTSD in the Army.

He said goal-setting is the No. 1 way to enhance Soldier performance in all aspects of CSF.

The resiliency app exhibits a trend toward the innovative use of existing resources to help Soldiers. At least, that is Rhodes’ thinking. He only wishes goal-setting were emphasized when he returned from theater.

“I didn’t have any of that,” he said, but added, since the Army realized what was happening with PTSD, it has been great about helping Soldiers.

The hard-copy goal book has been out for more than a year and can be downloaded as a 44-page PDF, too.

Download

The resiliency app can be downloaded at www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download/. Search “Goal Setting-Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” for iPhones and iPads. An Android-compatible version will be released in the near future.

 

 

 

 

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