Welcome and Congratulations!
You have completed the Initial Entry Training (IET) or Basic portion of your training! You have no doubt just completed a very rigorous eight weeks that challenged you physically, emotionally, and mentally on levels that you have never experienced before now! You are now engaged in your Advanced Individual Training (AIT) where you will be trained in your Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) and will continue to learn about military culture, Army Values, and leadership. During the next four weeks in this course, you will explore one of the five important dimensions of soldiering that addresses resiliency through care of your soul; spirituality. This course is designed to be a refuge where you are free to focus on who you are as a Catholic Christian, where you are in your spirituality, and how to create a spiritual resiliency plan through formation and practice that will integrate care for your soul throughout your military career and in your lifelong journey with Christ!
According to the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program, there are five dimensions of strength; social, emotional, family, spiritual, and physical. Within the spiritual realm, the program states, “One's purpose, core values, beliefs, identity, and life vision. These elements, which define the essence of a person, enable one to build inner strength, make meaning of experiences, behave ethically, persevere through challenges, and be resilient when faced with adversity. An individual's spirituality draws upon personal, philosophical, psychological, and/or religious teachings, and forms the basis of their character.” Given these elements I would propose the following four course outcomes:
The participant will:
Articulate a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, values and beliefs.
Assess and discuss spiritual readiness/resilience potential based on those results, and present an example of the benefits of healthy spiritual resilience.
Design a personal plan for practices that enhance personal spirituality and resiliency.
Learn how to use his/her spiritual fitness plan and faith practices to navigate obstacles to spiritual resiliency.
You are currently in the "Content" section of this course, reading the course "overview." Directly under "overview," are each lesson's lectures. Included in each lecture are all of the required readings, and all assignments.
If you click on the "Discussion" tab, you will find a forum for all our lesson discussions. There are also forums created for you to hang out and chat with your classmates, ask me any questions in my office,
The tab labeled Tasks is where you will post the essays due at the end of each week. You will find a task listed for each lesson.
Keys to Online Learning:
Time Management is crucial in an online course, be sure to schedule your time wisely. Understandably, in AIT your time is not your own, but your Drill Instructors know you are taking this class, and will afford you time to read and complete your assignments.
Communication is important, so stay in contact with your classmates and myself via the discussion forums. Always use respectful language, and generally adhere to etiquette guidelines within the classroom.
Required Reading hyperlinks are included within the text of the lecture and under the required reading heading under each lecture. The readings and videos are manageable as far as time requirements, but if you have time, feel free to explore other resources and recommend them to your colleagues.
You can always reach me through my office forum in the discussion tab.
You can reach me by email anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also reach me via my office phone: 580-442-1875 or if it is an emergency, all Drill Instructors have my personal cell number and you can request that they call me.