Mental Resillience

In the Army, physical strength is important – but it’s only part of the story. Mental resilience is a person's ability to respond effectively to stress, pressure, risk and adversity, all of which you’ll face in your Army career. Mental Resilience Training (MRT) is the development of a soldier's psychological capability and capacity to respond effectively to the circumstances with which they are faced.


The pillars of mental resilience

  • SELF-BELIEF – confidence in your own abilities and judgement
  • POSITIVE AFFECT – the ability to interact with life in a positive way
  • EMOTIONAL CONTROL – the ability to understand and express your emotions
  • MENTAL CONTROL – the ability to control thinking, attention, concentration, focus, self-awareness, reflexivity, problem-solving
  • SENSE OF PURPOSE – the motivation that drives you forward
  • COPING – adaptability, natural coping strategies you have learnt through coping in previous stressful situation
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT – the social network you have and the ways you use it


The Army’s Mental Resilience Training (MRT) programme has its origins in sport and performance psychology. MRT is designed to help soldiers recognise and regulate the signs of stress and to help them prepare for difficult events and circumstances. By helping soldiers to develop effective coping strategies, MRT prepares them for the stresses they’ll face in training, deployment and general military life.

Mental Rehearsal and Positive Imagery