Specific Tactical Training Phases may have on Physical Performance

Research Paper Title Altered Physical Performance Following Advanced Special Operations Tactical Training. Background The purpose of this study was to determine how the unique challenges of specific military tactical training phases influence overall physical performance characteristics. Methods Broad jump, 5-10-5, 300-yd shuttle, percent body fat (%BF), anaerobic power (AP) and anaerobic capacity (AC), maximal oxygen… Read More

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What is the Bismarck Relay Challenge?

What is the Relay? The Bismarck (4×4) Relay Challenge is a military endurance event, taking place over a 4-mile, off-road undulating route. Where & When Does It Take Place? In October 2019, it took place in the training area of Queen Elizabeth Barracks, North Yorkshire. Who Can Take Part? Members of both the Regular Army… Read More

Types of Injuries on the US Army’s Special Forces Assessment & Selection (SFAS) Course

Research Paper Title Medical Encounters During the United States Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. Background The Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) is an extremely physically and mentally demanding 19- to 20-day course designed to determine whether Soldiers are qualified to enter the Special Forces Qualification Course. As a first step to understand… Read More

Comparing the Anthropometric & Physiological Profiles of Military & Civilian Athletes

Research Paper Title A Multidimensional Approach to Assessing Anthropometric and Aerobic Fitness Profiles of Elite Brazilian Endurance Athletes and Military Personnel. Background Military personnel must remain physically active to meet operational requirements. Military physical training not only provides the performance capabilities required for performing occupational tasks but also fosters the development of sport. Thus, Armed… Read More

First Woman to Pass the British Army’s P Company

Aged 28, British Army Captain Rosie Wild has become the first woman to complete the Parachute Regiment’s P Company – which many men fail. Several women have attempted P Company, also known as the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS), since they were first able to apply in the 1990’s. Physical challenges across the five days… Read More

US Air Force: First Female Airman Enters Combat Controller Training

As reported in the Air Force Times on 18 November 2019, the Air Force confirmed on 14 October 2019 that the first female airman was in the training pipeline to become a combat controller. The enlisted combat control candidate began the eight-week special warfare preparatory course on 14 October 2019 and, if she graduates, she… Read More

Load Carriage & Step Length: Short or Preferred?

Research Paper Title Effects of Load Carriage and Step Length Manipulation on Achilles Tendon and Knee Loads. Background Longer steps with load carriage is common in shorter Soldiers when matching pace with taller Soldiers whereas shorter steps are hypothesised to reduce risk of injury with load carriage. The effects of load carriage with and without… Read More