Comprehensive Soldier Fitness • www.Army.mil/csf
What is Comprehensive Soldier Fitness?
The Army established Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) to
enhance the resilience, readiness and potential of Soldiers,
family members and Army civilians.
CSF will develop and institute a holistic fitness program for
Soldiers, Families and Army civilians to enhance performance
and build resilience. As a result we will have an Army of balanced,
healthy, self-confident people whose resilience and total fitness
enables them to excel in an era of high operational tempo and
Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of
challenges and to bounce back from adversity.
CSF provides specific mental and physical resilience techniques
that will increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and
Family strengths through a program of continuous self-development.
Why is this important to the Army?
eight years, the Army has operated in an environment of sustained
combat, resulting in increased levels of stress on the force.
However, many Soldiers experience personal and professional growth
as a result of their deployments. CSF exists to ensure all Soldiers
have the skills to grow personally, succeed in their job, thrive
in their community, and grow within their Family.
The Army recognizes the need to focus more holistically on fitness,
which is more than just physical fitness. Resilience training—which
teaches coping strategies among other skills—and self-development,
are just some of the elements incorporated into the CSF program.
Additionally, Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians will
be linked with programs to help them be successful throughout
How is CSF Different?
The program is the Army's effort to increase
our ability to prevent problems before they occur. We want to
open our focus from just finding and treating dysfunction and
disease, to enhancing fitness and prevention.
For example, rather than simply training people to use CPR on
heart attack victims, people should learn how to help prevent
heart disease with exercise and a sound diet. As a result, people
will reduce the risk of heart attacks through preventative measures.
What are the Army's Plans for the Future?
Beginning at accession,
each recruit will be confidentially assessed using the Global
Assessment Tool, a survey that determines the psychological strength
of the individual. Soldiers will be re-assessed throughout their
career, helping them monitor and control personal growth. Based
on the assessment, CSF will offer a menu of appropriate self-development
opportunities to Soldiers.
CSF provides instruction throughout the Soldier's Army service
on specific mental and physical skills he or she can use to enhance
performance when facing many of life's challenges.
CSF will be fully implemented by the Army, including the National
Guard and Army Reserve, in 2010. Once the program is implemented
throughout the uniformed force, a variation of CSF will be available
for Family members and Army civilians.
Global Assessment Tool–
Online Individual Assessment
Tool • https://www.sft.army.mil
What is it?
The Army is committed to a prevention model for the entire force,
enhancing Soldiers resilience and coping skills. This model consists
of life-long learning that begins by providing individual assessment
through the Global Assessment Tool. The Global Assessment Tool
(GAT), as part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program,
provides a person with a baseline in the four dimensions of strength:
emotional, social, spiritual and Family; and provides an opportunity
to track self-development and growth in these areas over time.
What has the Army done?
Developed by subject matter experts from
the U.S. military and civilian universities, the GAT contains
a series of questions prepared by scientists, and tested and
validated by Soldiers.
An individual's answers to the GAT are not accessible to others
nor are they meant to diagnose. The GAT provides immediate results
that allow Soldiers to identify their own personal strengths
and weaknesses. Soldiers are able to immediately begin training
that will help them enhance their performance and build resilience.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
are able to take the GAT now. The individual's results are linked
to Comprehensive Resilience Modules that provide tools to help
a person enhance his or her resilience skills in each of the
Soldiers will take the GAT every two years or 120 days following
contingency operation deployments. The reserve-component Soldiers
are also able to take the GAT every two years, and within 180
days following contingency operation deployments.
Family members will have the opportunity to take the Global
Assessment Tool beginning in January 2010, and Army civilians
in March 2010.
Why is this important to the Army?
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
is designed to raise the level of importance of psychological
fitness to that of physical fitness. The program hails a new
era and culture change for the Army, who now also equips and
trains its Soldiers to maximize their potential and face the
psychological rigors of sustained operations. This assessment
and training enhances resilience and coping skills, enabling
Soldiers to grow and thrive during this very demanding period
of our Army.