This paper will explain the concept behind mental resilience training (MRT) and how the training package was developed and implemented within the British ArmyInfantry Training Centre (ITC) Catterick between 2014 and 2016. MRT is a mindfulness-based psychological skills training package that integrates cognitive behavioural and mindfulness based principles and techniques, which have been proven to improve stress regulation, emotional and cognitive control and self-confidence in military personnel. MRT is based on an extensive evidence base that has demonstrated that psychological skills training delivers tangible improvements in performance in elite sport and in healthcare, business and military contexts. The initial trials at the ITC Catterick have delivered tangible improvements in infantry recruits’ use of psychological skills within real-life training contexts.
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Collaborators Austin Lindsay.
Contributors Special thanks to CSgt A Lindsay, R Irish, 2ITB Master Coach who was instrumental in developing and implementing the mental resilience training (MRT) training syllabus. Without the special collaboration between a military psychologist and experienced combat arms Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO), the success of MRT would not have been realised. CSgt Lindsay continues to champion the MRT product across all army training establishments.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.