The US Air Force defines spiritual fitness as “the ability to adhere to beliefs, principles, or values needed to persevere and prevail in accomplishing missions,” according to Air Force Instruction (AFI) 90-5001.
Spiritual fitness is one of the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness, which focuses on building a thriving US Air Force comprised of comprehensively balanced individuals who strive to be mentally, physically, socially and spiritually fit.
According to a 2013 RAND Corporation study commissioned by the Air Force, spiritual fitness “can affect an individual’s resilience and readiness to perform military duties” and “influence resilience and well-being by buffering stress.”
For example, before Lt. Col. Hanna Yang, 446th Airlift Wing staff judge advocate, deployed to Iraq, she packed few personal belongings in her 72-hour military surplus bag. Her Bible was one item she didn’t leave behind. For 180 days, Yang relied on her Christian faith to get her through the trying moments of mortar attacks, leaving behind a husband and three children, and providing her leadership with sound legal advice. Before her 6 am workout she exercised her spiritual fitness by reading the Bible, praying, and reflecting on the day to come.
The US Marine Corps is rolling out a new initiative aimed at building spiritual fitness in three parts: personal faith, personal values, and moral living and decision-making. Read this article in full… and visit Marines: What Is Spiritual Fitness?
And see the US Navy PDF Spiritual Fitness Guide.
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