National Defense University on resilience.

National Defense University on resilience.

We in public safety can learn much from our modern military. In this article published in the Joint Forces Quarterly (JFQ) we learn about the holistic approach of the Department of Defense (primarily the U.S. Army through their Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program) to explore warrior resilience.  Of particular interest is the “Shield of Health” model that identifies eight domains of fitness.Developing similar strategies for holistic (read…comprehensive) wellness for first responders is critical for the health and well-being of our public safety professionals, and their communities.

Soldier exits UH-60 Blackhawk in village of Darrah-I-
Bum, Badghis Province, Afghanistan (U.S. Marine Corps/Brian

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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