What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)?

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)? FACP, a programme of the United Stated Air Force (USAF), is designed to help aircrew members develop a personalised, comprehensive approach to G-fitness early in their flying career. Sound physical conditioning habits not only improve performance in the G-environment, but may reduce or prevent injuries such as… Read More

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Do Current Predictive Equations Underestimate the Metabolic Cost of Load Carriage by Military Personnel over Complex Terrain?

Research Paper Title Metabolic Costs of Military Load Carriage over Complex Terrain. Background Dismounted military operations often involve prolonged load carriage over complex terrain, which can result in excessive metabolic costs that can directly impair soldiers’ performance. Although estimating these demands is a critical interest for mission planning purposes, it is unclear whether existing estimation… Read More

What is the Best Ranger Competition?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the United States (US) Army’s Best Ranger Competition. You can read about the training undertaken by US Army Rangers here. 2.0     What is the Best Ranger Competition? The competition consists of a series of physical and technical Ranger events spread across three days and two nights. 3.0   … Read More

What is the Effectiveness of the THOR3 Programme on Self-Reported Injury Rates?

Research Paper Title Evaluation of the US Army Special Forces Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning Program. Background The researchers sought to assess the rehabilitation process, training, performance, and injury rates among those participating and not participating in the Tactical Human Optimisation, Rapid Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program and determine injury risk factors. Methods… Read More

Can GPS be used to accurately track Energy Expenditure during a Load March?

Research Paper Title Complex Terrain Load Carriage Energy Expenditure Estimation Using Global Positioning System Devices. Background Military load carriage can cause extreme energy expenditure (EE) that is difficult to estimate due to complex terrain grades and surfaces. Global Positioning System (GPS) devices capture rapid changes in walking speed and terrain but the delayed respiratory response… Read More

Royal Marines PTI & the USMC’s OCS

Since 1972, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Royal Marines have participated in an exchange programme (Bock, 2016). The Royal Marines send a Colour Sergeant (OR-7 or E-8 in the USMC) to act as the physical training advisor to the commanding officer of the USMC Officer Candidates School (OCS) (Kuiper, n.d.). The post-holder… Read More

British Army Unveils New Physical Employment Standards (PES)

In September 2018, the British Army demonstrated its new In-Service Physical Employment Standards (PES) for all ground close combat roles which will come into effect for the “Infantry and Royal Armoured Corps” from April 2019 (Soldier, 2018, p.7). Tests tailored to other soldier roles will be introduced in 2021. “It is envisaged the incoming system will… Read More