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From Serpent to CEO: Improving First-Term Security Forces Airman Performance Through Neuroscience Education

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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United States Air Force Security Forces relies heavily on young adults and their ability to apply judgment while under threat. Security Forces assumes inherently greater risks than its civilian counterparts it relies on a core population of young adults between 17 and 25 years old as primary first-contact sentries, patrolmen, and combat operators. Current research indicates the human brain requires at least 26 years to reach full maturation. The implementation of Defenders Edge, a mental health performance program specifically designed for Air Force Security Forces personnel, is significant to introducing neuroscience concepts into operations to mitigate resultant risks. However, a deeper understanding of neuroanatomical and physiological considerations affecting young adults would improve reflexive performance in judgment-dependent situations. Neuroscience education offers novel enhancements to training, operations, and Defenders Edge to reduce risk and increase cognitive performance abilities in young adults.

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