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Resiliency Experience

 

Problem


The United States Air Force (USAF) developed the Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (CAF) model to institute a fitness program focused on enhancing performance and resilience.  The CAF provides Airmen with physical, mental, spiritual and social fitness, and resiliency enabling them to effectively experience and manage personal and professional growth in response to stressors associated with military service. 

The CAF was missing and needed a large-scale, mission-critical training solution, called Master Resiliency Instructor (MRI) Training. In particular, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) needed a training solution that would help Airmen develop preventative skills and assist them in effectively coping with military life, stress, frequent deployments, time away from family, and adverse conditions with long work hours. The USAF AMC needed a solution that combined a mental, physical, social, and spiritual approach to improve overall health and well-being.

 

Solution

MTCI developed and delivered a targeted intensive "Train-the-Trainer" program for the USAF AMC that would develop a cadre of qualified Airmen Resiliency Training (ART) instructors.  This training program is known as the Air Force's Master Resilience Instructors Course (MRIC).  MTCI developed this intensive 64-hour training program and custom-designed it for the AMC, Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix.  The training was personalized to best reflect both the AMC's environment as well as that of the Air Force worldwide. MTCI incorporated 'Teach Back' sessions that challenged students to teach back the lessons they learned, providing a practical application of the learning.

MTCI trained and graduated 152 Master Resiliency Instructors (MRIs) from two courses. The feedback MTCI received from the training was tremendous. Students from the workshops gave the course an outstanding evaluation with an average score of 4.7 with 5 being the very best.  A graduate of the course wrote "There wasn't one thing about this course that didn't immediately affect my life.  I've been in the Air Force for 17 years and have been looking at retirement.  Through this course and the lessons I've learned and what I'm going to take back though, I don't think I can retire yet.  This course put that much of a fire in me that I'm going to take it and I'm going to use it."