Army flexes mental fitness classes at SC base

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - Officials at South Carolina's Fort Jackson are celebrating the opening of a new Army school designed to help soldiers and their leaders stay mentally fit.

The school opens Monday. The first of several hundred young officers and sergeants are slated to take the 10-day course this year.

The program is called Master Resilience Training and is designed to help soldiers think positively and deal with emotional, social and psychological stress.

The Army is attempting to counter problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and a record numbers of suicides that have come with repeated deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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