When you think about the training U.S. Army Soldiers receive, you might first think of stern Drill Sergeants issuing orders, physical training, and belly-crawls through the mud. While these scenarios may be a part of Soldiers’ training to be able to perform at their peak, the U.S. Army also promotes a more holistic type of training through what is referred to as the Performance Triad.
The Performance Triad not only contributes to physical supremacy, but to emotional resilience and cognitive dominance as well, all important to sustaining the Army’s workforce. Getting plenty of rest, eating a nutritious diet, and participating in physical training on a regular basis are all part of the triad, which helps Soldiers achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. And this approach extends beyond the individual Soldier as well: when applied more broadly, the elements of the triad are also what keep Soldiers’ families and communities physically, mentally and emotionally fit.
The Army is also working to promote the Performance Triad even more broadly to the nation’s communities at large. The Army knows that healthy lifestyles don’t develop overnight, and simple changes to your daily routine can greatly improve long-term wellness. For instance, going caffeine-free for six hours before bedtime can improve the quality of sleep, and aiming to reach 10,000 steps per day can positively contribute to higher levels of physical fitness.
The elements of the Performance Triad can and should connect with most CTE and other educational programs since healthy workers tend to be happier and more productive.
The below infographic identifies healthy target behaviors that can be applied by anyone in their daily life – Drill Sergeants optional!
Full video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIl-bnn3C1o
Performance Triad website full link: https://armymedicine.mil/Pages/performance-triad.aspx