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

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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

British Army to Introduce Gender & Age-neutral Fitness Tests

The British Army is to scrap fitness tests that make allowances based on gender and age and will introduce new “gender and age-neutral” physical assessments, the Ministry of Defence has said. The new physical employment standards tests, which will be rolled out during 2019, have the general aim of ensuring all close combat soldiers are… Read More

Linking Corrective Exercises, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) & Physical Fitness Performance

Research Paper Title The Influence of Corrective Exercises on Functional Movement Screen and Physical Fitness Performance in Army ROTC Cadets. Background The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool designed to identify limitations between sections of the body during fundamental movements. However, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of corrective exercises to improve FMS… Read More

What is the Relationship between Physiological Parameter Changes & Severe Heatstroke Induced by 5-km Armed Cross-Country Training?

Research Paper Title Relationship between physiological parameters changes and severe heatstroke induced by 5-km armed cross-country training. Background The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between physiological parameters changes and severe heatstroke induced by 5-km armed cross-country training. Methods A total of 521 male officers and soldiers from a special team who… Read More

What is the Influence of Vitamin D Supplementation by Sunlight on Exercise Performance in Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title Influence of Vitamin D Supplementation by Sunlight or Oral D3 on Exercise Performance. Background To determine the relationship between vitamin D status and exercise performance in a large, prospective cohort study of young men and women across seasons (Study-1). Then, in a randomised, placebo-controlled trial, to investigate the effects on exercise performance… Read More

What is the Pakistan Army School of Physical Training (ASPT)?

Introduction This brief article provides an overview of the Pakistan Army’s Army School of Physical Training. What is the Army School of Physical Training? The Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) is a defence training establishment of the Pakistan Army. The ASPT is responsible for delivering physical and allied sports training courses for Pakistan Army… Read More