Army opens mental fitness school at SC base

FORT JACKSON, SC - FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - The Army is opening a new school in South Carolina to help soldiers cope with the stresses of military life amid repeated deployments and wartime strains.

The new school opens Monday at Fort Jackson.

Sergeants and young officers who deal with soldiers in training and during their worldwide deployments will take the classes. About 750 are expected to go through in its first year.

Army officials say the school's lessons are adapted from a University of Pennsylvania program that helped teachers and students work on anxiety and stress.

The training is part of a larger Army effort to combat the record number of suicides that have plagued all military service branches since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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