The Master Resiliency course at Fort Jackson is one of the most influential basic training courses a soldier can take at Fort Jackson. The course focuses on mentally and emotionally preparing soldiers for the trials that they may face on the battlefield. But instructors of the course say that it is useful not only in military life, but in the civilian world as well. Fort Jackson also offers the course to the defense department's civilian employees to help them handle stress.
The course was first established in 2008 to help soldiers develop everyday skills to help battle the stresses that can come with PTSD.
Staff Sgt. Travis Radford says that the skills he's developed in the course are not only useful during deployment, but at all times.
"I say it can help people if they've been deployed, if they're getting ready to get deployed, and after they get back from deployment. All the way around."
Sgt. 1st Class William Corson is now an instructor of the course. He completed the course after he was deployed.
"People just need these skills to help deal with...number one it helps them cope. A lot of younger generations don't have the same resilience skills that maybe I grew up with."
The two stage Master Resiliency course is available to soldiers of all ages, not just those going through basic training. It is currently being taught at Fort Jackson.