Resiliency is not a new word at the U.S. Naval Academy or in the surface warfare community. For four years, midshipmen are bombarded with the term while sleeping through briefs that tell them they are sleep-deprived. The Naval Academy even created a new position, the brigade resiliency officer, to provide a link between the brigade and the Midshipmen Development Center, as well as creating a peer resiliency advisor program. The fleet has its own programs to educate and develop sailors on this topic. With recent high-profile incidents in the fleet caused by resiliency issues such as an increased rate of mental-health issues and suicides, however, the surface force needs to focus on developing more resilient officers.
Train Resilient Sailors
By Ensign Anne Fisher, U.S. Navy