According to the U.S. Army, a total of 29 spouses and 36 soldiers turned out for the 10-day course, which “provides attendees with the certification and tools to teach and enhance the performance of the entire Army family.”
The course was initially offered at Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Carson in Colorado during 2012 and 2013. Last week’s course was the first time it was offered at Fort Bragg.
The MRT Course was an offshoot of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program that launched in 2009 and had turned into the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program.
While the name has changed, and the program now also includes a focus on families, the goals remain largely the same: to assess and strengthen Soldiers and family members across five dimensions of wellness. Those include the physical, family, spiritual, mental and emotional dimensions.
The course focuses on family lifestyle techniques and coping tools in the first week of the course, with practical applications of the aforementioned techniques and tools for real life situations coming in the later portion of the course.
Participants in the course were required to appear before a panel, which talked with them about their family life experiences that made them right for the course.