Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Criticized as Failure

The US Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program has been criticized by psychologists for failing — at a cost of $125M — to provide any verifiable data that it even works.

The program has long been criticized by many for its reliance on the ‘power of positive thinking.’

Created in 2008 to address alarming trends in soldier behavior, such as rising suicides, alcohol and drug abuse, and behavioral health problems, CSF is based on the teachings of Martin Seligman, a University of Pennsylvania professor and proponent of positive psychology.

The Army has been clawing at solutions to support the “resilience” of its troops, particularly aimed at stemming the epidemic of suicides it has faced over the past few years.

Regardless what you think of the CSF program, those that need help can get it, whether from Army mental health experts, chaplains, or others.

There is no easy or quick solution for those struggling with the challenges only a combat veteran can know.  But for those who are seeking an eternal peace, a Savior is waiting.

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  • What is the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology that has criticized it? Do they have an agenda?