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Dec 07, 2015

The Canadian Army (CA) has launched a strategy aimed at increasing the readiness and resiliency of soldiers and their families. The CA recognizes the significant demands military life places on the entire Army team and aims to support its people in improving their individual and collective performance.

"The sailors, soldiers, airmen, airwomen and special forces operators of the Canadian Armed Forces are called upon to undertake risks as they serve Canada, and efforts like this one help ensure our troops and families are prepared to meet the challenges of military life," said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. "I commend the Canadian Army for this new initiative, which is in line with my intent to help increase the well-being of our soldiers and their families."

The Canadian Army Integrated Performance Strategy (CAIPS) focuses on improving the wellbeing of members and their families by providing performance, health and fitness training packages, guidance and tools.

"The Canadian Army is committed to supporting all military personnel and their families, as they work together to build an army that is strong, proud, and ready," said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army. "The Canadian Army Integrated Performance Strategy will help ensure all members have the tools, guidance, and training needed to improve their performance, health, and fitness to ensure the Canadian Army is ready and resilient."

One important component of this strategy is the Mission: Ready website (www.strongproudready.ca) containing information about numerous Canadian Armed Forces, Government of Canada, and civilian programs and support services. Each program or service has been listed with brief descriptions and links on this searchable platform.

For example, soldiers looking for courses to improve their ability to express emotions effectively or wanting to gain a better understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or how to maintain a healthier mental state will receive guidance through the Mission: Ready website.

CAIPS is currently being led by the Canadian Army as a pilot project with the intent of making it Canadian Armed Forces-wide in the future.

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