Andrew Ledford and Scott Lynch - US Naval Academy and Duke University

The Role of Grit, Hardiness, Resilience, and Mindfulness in Successful Completion of Navy SEAL Training

    Date:  02/09/2023 (Thu)

    Time:  3:30pm- 4:45pm

    Location:  Seminar will be held on-site: 270 Gross Hall

    Organizer:  Scott Lynch

Meeting Schedule: (Not currently open for scheduling. Please contact the seminar organizer listed above.)

    All meetings will be in 230P Gross Hall unless otherwise noted.

   10:00am - OPEN

   10:30am - OPEN

   11:00am - OPEN

   11:30am - OPEN

   12:00pm - Lunch- open

    1:30pm - OPEN

    2:00pm - OPEN

    2:30pm - OPEN

    3:00pm - Seminar Prep

    3:30pm - Seminar Presentation (3:30pm to 4:45pm)

    Additional Comments:  Abstract: Grit, hardiness, resilience, and mindfulness are attributes associated with performance under, and mitigation of the effects of, high-stress environments over time. Studying these attributes often requires simulating high-stress in a controlled setting. Over the past four years, our multi-institutional research team has studied the contributions of these psychological characteristics (and a limited number of biomarkers) to performance and completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), one of the most high stress environments possible outside of combat. Exposure to cold, sleep deprivation, and intense physical activity are leveraged to understand the ability of students to withstand the high levels of stress that produces an attrition rate of 65-85%. Here, we discuss the overall goals and challenges of the project, and we briefly present results from three published papers investigating: (1) the measurement of grit, hardiness, and resilience among the BUD/S trainee population; (2) the relationship between resilience, mindfulness, and successful completion of BUD/S; and (3) patterns of change in grit, hardiness, and resilience over the course of training.