What is the Defense Information School (IDS)?

The Defense Information School (DINFOS) can trace its history to January 1946. It is a DOD school located at Fort Meade, Maryland. It trains more than 2,300 military, DOD civilian, international military, and inter-agency students a year across 32 basic, intermediate and advanced public affairs and visual information courses. Courses cover a variety of subject… Read More

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How Many Land Rovers Does the MOD Have?

On 01 January 2018 the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) had between 8,214 and 8,262 Land Rover (High Specific) vehicles in service. On 31 December 2018, the MOD stated there were 8,214 in service, which consisted of: Truck Utility Light; Truck Utility Medium; and Battlefield Ambulance variant. The MOD further stated that between… Read More

How to Estimate Distance Travelled

Introduction Land navigation is an important skill, especially for the military. The skill of navigation is inculcated from the start, beginning with recruit training, aka boot camp, and annual training. There are many aspects to navigation, but an important one is to know how far you have travelled from your last known position. This can… Read More

Contemporary Perspectives on Resilience for Military Readiness and Preparedness

Research Paper Title Perspectives on resilience for military readiness and preparedness: Report of an international military physiology roundtable. Abstract Modern warfare operations often occur in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments accompanied by physical exertion, cognitive overload, sleep restriction and caloric deprivation. The increasingly fast-paced nature of these operations requires military personnel to demonstrate… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Para’s!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

Steeplechase: Athletes vs. Para’s!

In 2017, the qualification standard for British athletes for the 3,000 metre (1.86 mile) steeplechase was set at: 8:58.00 for men; and 10:40.00 for women. For military personnel attending the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS) course, commonly known as P Company, or Para recruits on the Combat Infantryman Course (Parachute), the qualification standard for the… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Commandos!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More