Assessing the Competency of Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army

Research Paper Title

The Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army

Background

The Military Fitness Training Leader (MFTL) is considered a parameter that affects the efficiency of the Hellenic Army Physical Readiness Training (APRT). The competencies of 5 different types of Greek MFTLs were assessed and compared according to the opinions of the Regular Army Personnel.

Methods

ANOVA corrected by post hoc comparisons were used to compare the selected opinions coming from 2864 survey questionnaires. The statistical significance was indicated up to 0.05 to compare the differences for all 5 types MFTLs graded by 3 different groups: Senior Officers, Junior Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers/Permanent Enlisted Soldiers.

Results

The Senior Officers scored the “Officer” as the best MFTL and the “Physical Education Graduate” as the highest contributors to the APRT’s effectiveness. Junior Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers/Permanent Enlisted Soldiers scored the “Physical Education Graduate” as being more useful as MFTL, although being seldom applied to APRT programmes. The Officers’ military experience and leadership specialisation combined with the Physical Education Graduate’s professionalisation has been revealed as the main characteristics of an effective profile for a MFTL.

Conclusions

The results, reinforced by similar research in the field, indicate that the Hellenic army should focus on creating professional standards to achieve a more efficient MFTL training programme.

Read the full research: The Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army (Vasiliki, 2014).

Reference

Vasiliki, K. (2014) The Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health. November 2014. Available from World Wide Web: http://jmvh.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Vasiliki-Pages-from-JMVH-September_web-5.pdf. [Accessed: 02 February, 2017].

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