Troops taught to meditate in new ‘mindfulness’ classes to help them keep ‘calm’ in battle

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TROOPS are being taught to meditate as part of basic training, The Sun can reveal.

Boot Camp — known for drill instructions and gruelling physical exercise — now includes “mindfulness” classes.

Troops are now being taught to meditate as part of their basic training

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Troops are now being taught to meditate as part of their basic trainingCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Six classroom sessions cover mental toughness including handling pain and keeping calm in a crisis.

Meditation has long been associated with Buddhist monks and chants of “Om”.

Chiefs were inspired by an All Blacks rugby coach who said mental fitness was “the result of a long-term conditioning programme”.

A source said: “The lesson from elite sport is that you can build up self-control and mental resilience with training and practice.”

The classes are part of a mental health programme codenamed Op Smart — Optimising Performance Through Stress Management and Resilience Training.

Meditation has long been associated with Buddhist monks

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Meditation has long been associated with Buddhist monksCredit: Alamy

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Skills include dealing with negative thoughts and controlling anxiety.

An Army spokesman said: “The wellbeing of our people is a priority.

"This teaches basic psychological skills, including emotional control and anxiety regulation.”

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