Predicting Tactical Performance Ability through Load-Enhanced Movement Quality Screening

Research Paper Title Load-Enhanced Movement Quality Screening and Tactical Athleticism: An Extension of Evidence. Background Military organisations use movement quality screening for prediction of injury risk and performance potential. Currently, evidence of an association between movement quality and performance is limited. Recent work has demonstrated that external loading strengthens the relationship between movement screens and… Read More

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What are the Effects of 12 Weeks of Physical Training on Body Composition & Physical Fitness in Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title Effects of 12 Weeks of Physical Training on Body Composition and Physical Fitness in Military Recruits. Background The aim of this study was to analyse the morphological and functional changes in military recruits after twelve weeks of physical training. Methods The sample consisted of 130 volunteer recruits aged 18–19 years. Anthropometric variables… Read More

Fancy Winning the Chance to Train with an Ex-US Special Forces Operator?

Crooked Horse Productions, a documentary television company, is developing an exciting new TV series featuring the legendary Pat McNamara, a 22-year veteran of US Army Special Operations, for a major US network. They are casting for military recruits looking to increase their chances at passing Selection. Since retiring from active service, Pat has been running Combat… Read More

AFSOC Special Tactics Officer Selection: What Place Accelerometry & Salivary Cortisol?

Research Paper Title Accelerometry and salivary cortisol response during Air Force Special Tactics Officer selection. Background Special Tactics Officer (STO) selection is conducted to select officers to enter the combat controller training pipeline. The aims were to determine physical activity patterns, estimate energy expenditure, and identify whether return and/or unsuccessful candidates demonstrated differences in cortisol… Read More

A ‘Hard Day’ at Work!

If you have just completed a really difficult business project with tight deadlines or have just completed a CrossFit session and now think highly of yourself, then spare a thought for the military students (both domestic and international) who undergo months of training at the Venezuelan National Guard Military School (Grupo de Acciones de Comando). China… Read More

New TV Documentary ‘The Selection: Special Operations Experiment’

Taking part in military-style fitness and TV programmes is all the rage at the moment. Just started showing here in Australia on Tuesday nights is a new TV programme ‘The Selection’ – or The Selection: Special Operations Experiment to give the full title – which is a reality documentary taking 30 men and women with no military… Read More

Materials Handling Ability in the British Army: Any Difference between Regular & Reserve?

Research Paper Title Materials Handling Ability of Regular and Reserve British Army Soldiers. Background The main objective of this research was to compare the materials handling ability, aerobic power, and body composition of fully trained Reserve and Regular male British Army soldiers (∼6–7 years of military experience). Methods Twenty-one Reserve soldiers and 15 Regular soldiers… Read More