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QPME: Fitness for Marines

QPME FY17 Q1: Information and resources for a Marine's physical, spiritual, mental, and social fitness.

Mental Fitness

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

- Confucius

Psychological Fitness includes the integration and optimization of mental, emotional, and behavioral abilities and capacities to optimize performance and strengthen resilience. It describes a Service member's ability to effectively cope with the unique mental stresses and challenges of Military Service.

Given the current demands placed on our forces. a Service member's resilience -- the ability to withstand, recover, grow, and adapt under challenging circumstances -- is vital to readiness and mission accomplishment. Without resilience, Service members and their families are at risk of burnout, psychological stress, and physical danger due to impaired functional abilities.

Bolstering psychological fitness in Service members can help ensure mission readiness and decrease the potential risk that they may face stress-related injury or illness down the road.

Irreverent Warriors host first silkies hike. 04.16.2016. Civilians, veterans and active duty service members march down Western Boulevard during a silkies hike hosted by the Irreverent Warriors in Jacksonville April 16 2016. More than 300 participants attended the event to raise awareness for the 22 veterans and active-duty service members across the United States who commit suicide every day. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Berry) Photo courtesy of DVIDS.

The concept of Mental Fitness emcompasses a broad range of topics. These links are intended to be a starting point for your learning and exploration, and are not a comprehensive list of available resources.

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Wounded Warrior doesn’t let injury interfere with Marine career. 07.07.2016. Master Sgt. Berle Sigman is a student in the Faculty Advisor Course (FAC) at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Sigman, who graduated from the three-week course June 29, was wounded in combat in October of 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. He had been in the Marine Corps for 11 years at that point and was platoon sergeant for Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. The injury resulted in the loss of his leg.  “I hope that me sticking around and being an example to other Marines shows that adversity doesn’t have to be the end of your career,” he said. (Photo courtesy of DVIDS). 

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