Welcome to Inner Armor Training for Marines, the perpetual resilience training application.
Based on the Commander’s intent to enhance force resilience, Inner Armor will teach Marines to:
1) Live in Objective reality
2) Cope effectively with stress
3) Regulate their emotions and
4) Improve interpersonal relations
Training will be delivered in a “Workout of the Day” format accessible to each Marine via any digital/mobile device.
Individual Training Sessions will take no more than 12 minutes to execute and will focus on one of the following:
1) Critical Thinking and Self-Awareness
2) Distress Tolerance
3) Emotion Regulation
4) Interpersonal Effectiveness
All workouts utilize a hybrid of critical thinking and emotional intelligence to proactively and continuously build the skill of resilience, gaining control over one’s thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions, especially under pressure.
Training is delivered using a blend of neuroscience, biopsychology (how the body, mind, and emotions work together), along with elements of Cognitive Behavior Theory and Dialectical Behavior Theory – a method of balancing your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes with objective reality.
Each Workout of the Day is designed to achieve and maintain an optimal level of mental strength and resilience. IAT provides a perpetual resilience training regimen, in the same way knowing how to do a pull-up and having once done a pull-up is ineffective to physical fitness, so too is the knowledge of, and the occasional practice of the skills of resilience ineffective to spiritual fitness. Just as muscles are strengthened by regular exercise, consistently exercising self-control over one’s thoughts, emotions and attitudes have been proven to increase the strength of willpower and resilience.
By using the WOD model, that mirrors Physical Training, users can adjust to operational requirements – seamlessly leaving off and picking up the next workout at any time. The same way PT may be left off during an FTX and picked up again upon return to garrison.
Inner Armor Training is for every Marine, active and reservist, junior and senior alike, the same way physical training is for every Marine. Resilience is a perishable skill just like all other warfighting skills and must be constantly practiced. IAT packages short, powerful, and progressive training that regardless of the battle just fought increases the ability to grow, develop, recover, heal, and adapt. And keep us ready for our next success.
Andrew D. Wittman, Ph.D., is a United States Marine Corps infantry combat veteran, a former police officer, and federal agent. As a Special Agent for the U.S. Capitol Police, Wittman led the security detail for Nancy Pelosi and has personally protected Hillary Clinton, King Abdullah of Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Sir Elton John, as well as Fortune 20 CEOs. As a security contractor for the State Department, he taught high-threat diplomatic security to former Navy SEALS, Marines, Rangers, and Special Forces. He is the founder of the Mental Toughness Training Center, an executive leadership consultancy specializing in strategies on how to take control of your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions, especially under pressure and is the author of the books Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You (2016) and Amazon's #1 new parenting release Seven Secrets of Resilience for Parents (2018). He is a guest lecturer at Clemson University and co-hosts the radio call-in show “Get Warrior Tough”. Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Theological Studies and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fox News, The BBC, and many others.
- 1 Levels
- Coaching By Dr. Andrew Wittman
- Community Support
1) Introduction to the concept of proactive resilience; 2) The 2- Minute Rule - giving yourself space to think; 3) How the brain (body) works with the mind and emotions; 4) CEO of You - getting your body, mind, and emotions to work together