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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 6, 2021) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, prepares to launch off the flight deck aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Sept. 6, 2021. Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Isaiah Williams)
Warrior Toughness (WT) is an evidence-based, holistic, individualized human performance skillset that strengthens the mental, physical, and spiritual toughness with a particular emphasis on the pursuit of peak performance. WT training emphasizes coequal development of mental, physical, and spiritual toughness. The program provides performance psychology skills and character development, and teaches the Warrior Mindset whose concepts were initially developed by Naval Special Warfare.

Warrior Toughness pilots were conducted at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Navy Nuclear Power Training Command and Submarine Group 10. The initial feedback from these locations is Sailors perform better, they are more focused, better prepared for class and evolutions, have less tardiness, and higher physical readiness scores. At RTC recruits had higher graduation rates.

Warrior Toughness is performance-focused and designed to teach Sailors a variety of skills they can apply daily, weekly, and when needed to be able to perform at the top of their ability. Resilience is focused on the health and well-being of Sailors to allow them to be the most ready they can be to face any scenario.

No. Warrior Toughness skills and concepts are useful for all personnel from the most junior to the most senior. The Warrior Toughness campaign plan includes creating a continuum of Warrior Toughness across a Sailor’s and Officer’s career.

A key resilience program already in motion is the E-OSC program—a revamp from what used to be the Operational Stress Control program—that is equipping Sailors to help each other get through challenges. Conducted in concert with the Command Resilience Team, feedback from the fleet has been positive as units have expressed that E-OSC has helped foster a culture of resilience on the deck plate.

Individuals/commands can reach out to for questions regarding registration.  Schedules and quotas are available in CANTRAC by searching for Warrior Toughness. Courses are taught in Great Lakes and also at learning centers in San Diego and Dam Neck, with specific info on logistics for each respective site in CANTRAC.

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