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Strength and resilience work together to make a warfighter capable

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I have to admit that there are times when I have found myself daunted with tasks. I tell myself, “Make sure to get these evals written on time, do physical training today, go to the meeting, go to this meeting or that meeting and to get the groceries before the kids’

bedtime, etc...” As a chaplain, I am called to provide religious ministry to those in my faith group, to care for all, to accommodate for those faiths that I can’t provide for and to advise the command on issues of morale and unit cohesion. With all those tasks, I too find it difficult to sort through the most important aspects of what makes me spiritually fit. I sometimes forget that just as I PT every day, I should also focus on developing my resilience. Both strength and resilience are essential aspects in fully developing the warfighter.


If you’re finding that you feel distracted from developing your resilience, then only you can change it. We all have tasks that come at us from work, from home or from family. Balancing and managing our time to make space for our spiritual development is essential to making us resilient when the going gets tough. I have found myself distracted from the much more important effort of developing the warfighter too many times. Focusing on the essential, rather than the trite and basing what we view as essential on our values, morals and faith develops resilience. When we focus on developing our resilience as much as we focus on developing our physical strength and stamina, we are more prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

Values, morals, faith

Our values are the ideas that we assign value to. We have core values of honor, courage and commitment. We also have individual values. Some people value family, others value freedom. The Constitution of the United States, which we have all sworn to defend, spells out what the people value in its bill of rights. These values walk hand-in-hand with morals, which are like guideposts. Some people have argued that there is no objective moral compass, which tells us all what is right and wrong. Morals are about right decision-making. Sometimes they can be based in faith, but faith without action is empty. There is a difference between faith and belief. Belief that something is doesn’t give you the wherewithal to do something about it until you develop your trust. Faith is a combination of belief and trust.

I encourage you today to not get distracted from developing your faith, morals or values. They will carry you on the day that your body gives out.