First Woman to Graduate US Special Forces Training

A female US National Guard soldier is set to graduate US Army Special Forces training, donning the coveted Green Beret, at the end of the month. She passed Robin Sage, a unique Unconventional Warfare exercise and the culminating event in the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC; Q course), earlier this week. Reports suggest she passed… Read More

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Ruck/Load Marching & Risk Factors for ROTC Cadets

Research Paper Title The Effects of Military Style Ruck Marching on Lower Extremity Loading and Muscular, Physiological and Perceived Exertion in ROTC Cadets. Background Military ruck marching with load carriage increases ground reaction forces, which are related to bone stress injuries (BSI). This study’s purpose was to examine whether a ruck march increases impact loading… Read More

What is the Gordon’s Cup?

The Gordons’ Cup is a Military Skills competition designed totest Royal Corps of Signals Phase 2 and Permanent Staff soldiers across a variety of physically and mentally demanding serials. These stands are delivered by 4 (Mil Trg) Squadron, 11th (RSS) Signal Regiment, and include: A bayonet range; Section attack lane; SERE stand; ‘Rapid Replen’ stand;… Read More

Soldier Training Specific Ration Pack

Spanish company Jomipsa has created the first Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) ration pack specifically focused on high-performance military training. The ‘Performance Training Ration Pack’ is designed for consumption before, during and after high-intensity physical training, and provides the optimum nutritional provision for each of the training phases, supporting both performance and muscular recovery. It provides specific… Read More

What is the Anticipated Reduction in Aerobic Exercise Performance under Various Combinations of Acute Altitude Exposure & Load Carriage Conditions?

Research Paper Title Aerobic Exercise Performance During Load Carriage and Acute Altitude Exposure. Background This study quantified the impact of combined load carriage and acute altitude exposure on 5-km running time-trial (TT) performance and self-selected pacing strategy. Furthermore, this study developed a velocity prediction tool (nomogram) for similar aerobic exercise tasks performed under various combinations… Read More

Linking Stride Frequency, Load Carriage & Risk of Injury

Research Paper Title Effects of load carriage on biomechanical variables associated with tibial stress fractures in running. Background Military personnel are required to run while carrying heavy body-borne loads, which is suggested to increase their risk of tibial stress fracture. Research has retrospectively identified biomechanical variables associated with a history of tibial stress fracture in… Read More

US Air Force Tier 2 (Job-Specific) PT Tests

Job-specific PT tests are coming to 10 career fields in the US Air Force over the next two years. They will be tough and will be very different from what personnel had to do before to pass their fitness test. These so-called Tier 2 tests are designed to be gender-neutral, and emulate specific physical challenges… Read More