The Master Resilience Training Course (MRTC) provides Soldiers with an opportunity to enhance their leadership and effectiveness and to learn how to teach resilience skills to Soldiers, Family members and Department of Army Civilians. The 10-day MRTC includes immersion in core concepts and skills as well as instruction for training others. Each day incorporates a mix of large group sessions, small-group work and exercises to do alone or with a partner.

Students learn the six MRT competencies (self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character and connection) that have been proved to be critical characteristics of a resilient individual.

MRTC students also learn 14 distinct skills that allow them to develop themselves and others in the six MRT competency areas: self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character and connection. With these skills, students develop the ability to understand their thoughts, emotions and behaviors, as well as the thoughts, emotions and behaviors of others. They master skills to strengthen relationships through communication strategies and learn how to praise effectively, to respond constructively to positive experiences and to discuss problems effectively.

Interested in Becoming a Master Resilience Trainer?

Here are the requirements to attend the MRTC.

  • Nominees must have more than 12 months remaining in their position (24 for DA Civilians).
  • Enlisted Soldiers must be in grades E-6 through E-8; qualified E-5s may submit an exception-to-policy request.
  • Officers must be in grades O-1 through O-4.
  • Warrant officers must be in grades WO-1 through CW-4.
  • DA Civilians must be in grades GS-7 through GS-13.
  • Nominees must have a valid Army Physical Fitness Test score.
    • - Active component for six months
      - Army National Guard/Reserve for one year
      - Not required for DA Civilians or spouses

  • Nominees must have excellent communication and presentation skills.

Upon completing the course, MRT graduates are expected to:

  • Be the commander’s principal adviser on resilience.
  • Provide and sustain resilience training for the unit.
  • Assist the unit training NCO in incorporating resilience training quarterly.
  • Ensure the implementation of the commander’s training guidance as it relates to resilience training.
  • Provide resilience training for Family members and DA Civilians.
  • Coordinate deployment-cycle resilience training.
  • Train supervisory-level leaders to incorporate resilience skills and techniques into professional and developmental counseling.

Note: MRTs are not authorized to conduct MRT courses that train 8R-certified MRTs or award ASI 8R.