How the U.S. Army Reserve Inspires Soldiers to Live Healthy Lifestyles – Interview

How the U.S. Army Reserve Inspires Soldiers to Live Healthy Lifestyles – Interview




As the calendar rolls over to 2020, many Americans will once again be resolving to get in shape or make healthier decisions. Who is better equipped to get people into shape and reach their goals than the U.S. Army Reserve?

Later this year, the U.S. Army will be launching the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) – the first update to its physical fitness test in more than 30 years. Instead of training to pass an arbitrary strength standard of push-ups and sit-ups, Soldiers must maintain a healthy lifestyle and train for overall strength and conditioning.

Using this innovative approach, the Army has also modernized how its Soldiers can train for the test including using various online training tools as well as a mobile app that Soldiers can use to view workout videos and train directly from their phones.

Physical training in the Army has always been about survival on the battlefield, but this new approach is designed to be more relevant to the operations and missions the Army is facing today and provide a more functional, performance-driven fitness program.

Soldier health and wellness is a lifestyle and the Army has adopted a formula for Soldier well-being that can be applied to anyone looking to improve their health. This “Performance Triad” includes three building blocks:

  1. Activity (150 min. per week)
  2. Nutrition (healthy meal choices)
  3. Sleep (7-8 hours daily)

The Army Reserve’s top enlisted leaders recently were challenged to take the new ACFT, including Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ted L. Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Join me in a recent interview with Command Sergeant Major Ted L. Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve, as he talks about how the U.S. Army Reserve is empowering Soldiers to build healthy lifestyles and promote a culture of physical fitness.

Hear the complete interview here. 

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Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve Bio

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ted L. Copeland was born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio. In 1984 he joined the United States Army and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

CSM Copeland has served in various assignments stateside and overseas including the Law Enforcement Activity Company, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; 55th Military Police Company, Camp Market, Korea; 342nd Military Police Company (EG), Columbus, Ohio; HHC, 391st Military Police Battalion, Columbus, Ohio; CSM of the 391st Military Police Battalion, 300th Military Police Brigade; 4th Bde, 75th Training Division (MC), 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 79th Sustainment Support Command, Command Sergeant Major, and currently serving as the United States Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major. CSM Copeland has served in every leadership position from team leader to CSM and twice as a company 1SG. While serving in the above duty positions, CSM Copeland has participated in five mobilizations and operational deployments to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Cease Fire); Turkey, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (OEF, OCONUS); Ft. Riley, Kansas (OEF, CONUS); Iraq (OIF 07-08), Afghanistan (OEF 12-13). CSM Copeland’s formal military training consists of Primary Leadership Development Course, MP Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, MP Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, TATS First Sergeants Course, the USASMA Sergeants Major Course, Nonresidence Class 30, Command Sergeants Major course and Army Substance Abuse Program. He is a retired Police sergeant and his civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Vincennes University. He also is a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy and has a combined total of over 1300 hours in civilian law enforcement training. He is certified as a Firearms instructor, ASP and PR24 instructor, Background Investigator, Police Motorcyclist and Police Carbine, Shotgun, Revolver and Semiautomatic Instructor.

CSM Copeland’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), the Army Reserve Achievement Medal (8th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon (30 Yr Device, M-Device, Numeral 2), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 2), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), NATO Medal, Army Reserves Overseas Training Ribbon and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Unit Meritorious Award.

CSM Copeland is married to his wife Grace who resides in Wapakoneta, Ohio.




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