This page will provide the reader with military and outdoor fitness articles written by (or for) the Boot Camp & Military Fitness Institute:

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First Female RN Clearance Diver
Ceteris Parabus: Gender, Roles & the UK Military (15-08-2014)
This article will initially present underpinning definitions and then the current policy on women serving in ground close-combat roles, followed by the legislation that underpins this viewpoint.


The article will then highlight which jobs and roles are currently denied to women, moving onto pay and gender, followed by the exclusion reasoning and two interesting viewpoints. The article will then move to the position regarding women and elite and special forces, before looking at gender in statistical terms.

Training, Classroom
How to Encourage Professionalism in Your Instructors (15 August 2014)
Although this article is primarily focused on those working in the military fitness, fitness boot camp and outdoor fitness sectors the principles can be applied to the wider fitness community.


The requirements for working as a fitness professional varies across industries and employers. Health clubs and leisure centres usually hire certified personal trainers, but a highly fit professional with extensive experience in fitness or athletics may work for a private client without certification. Dance teachers, yoga practitioners, and martial arts instructors generally have years of experience in their respective disciplines and possess extensive knowledge of specific techniques.

To work for schools and colleges, fitness instructors usually need a degree and related certification.

A high quality fitness professional is generally a fit, healthy person who leads by example through exercising regularly and practising their own methodology. Professionalism can be hard to define and even harder to teach.

This article highlights some practical tips to encourage professionalism in both new and veteran fitness professionals.

RLC Airborne Officer
‘Crap Hats’, Berets & Peak Caps (02 August 2014)
This article will provide the reader with a description of the term ‘crap hat’, and its association with berets and peak caps.


The article will then move on to the history of berets from a military perspective, with an outline of the pertinent facts/dates rather than being a definitive account.

Next, the article will discuss wear style and individualisation in the wearing of berets before moving on to Regimental and Corps beret colours and adornments.

Finally the article will provide some links to some ‘tongue in cheek’ stuff.

OR-9, GSM London Dstrict
Warrant Officers & the British Armed Forces (2015-02-26)
This article will provide the reader with an overview of warrant officers in the British Armed Forces. The rank of warrant officer has a rather interesting history which is not well known, even amongst those who hold that rank.


The military grade of warrant officer is one of the oldest in Western military systems dating back to the 1200s during the early years of the English Navy. This article will:

  • Provide an historical overview which describes the origins of the warrant officer;
  • Provide the reader with the distinction between a commissioned officer and a warranted officer;
  • Define the role of a warrant officer;
  • Provide an overview of warrant officers in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom by Service Branch; and
  • Highlight some of the major differences between the UK and US systems of warrant officer.
Picture, Diastasis Recti (Normal & Gap)
Diastasis Recti: An Overivew (2015-05-20)
This article will provide the reader with an overview of the condition known as diastasis recti.


It provides a definition of diastasis recti, why it is a problem and some of the known complications.

It also looks at what causes the condition, including prevalence and risk factors, as well as who ‘get it’.

The article will then outline the most well-known treatments for diastasis recti before finally highlighting the prognosis or outlook.

Officer, Staff (2)
An Overview of the (Military) Staff Officer (2015-07-26)
This article will provide the reader with an overview of (military) staff officers. What does the article contain?


  • What is a staff officer?
  • Command officer versus staff officer.
  • How to become a staff officer.
  • Staff officer grades.
  • Staff assistants.
  • The role of a staff officer and standards.
  • Officer, Staff (2)The art and science of military planning.
  • Staff officer branches and ‘new’ prefixes.
  • Civil-military cooperation and examples of staff officer appointments.
  • The doctrine of completed staff work, as well as how to promote and coach it.
  • Publications.
  • Types of staff systems.
  • Perspectives on staff officers
  • TV series, useful document, further reading and references.
Chilean troops make arrests during the military coup
French to English Phrases: A Military Perspective (07 April 2016)
As much as 30% of the English language, approximately one in three English words, is believed to be derived directly from the French language.


It is a surprisingly high figure due, in part, to the Norman Conquest of 1066 which made French the language of the government, law, finance, the military and the ruling classes in England. It effectively doubled the English vocabulary overnight.

However, the popularity of French culture and literature among English speakers has also given the English language a whole host of other words and phrases such as mardi gras, avant garde, déjà vu and femme fatale that are now so naturalised in English that they can be used without a second thought.

Alongside everyday examples like these, however, the English language has also adopted a number of much less familiar French phrases that, despite their potential usefulness, go tragically underused.

The aim of this article is to twofold:

  • Outline the impact of the French language on the English language; and
  • From a military perspective, present some of the words, phrases and expressions in use.

So, why not add a little je ne sais quoi to your everyday (military) conversation with some little- and well-known French phrases and expressions?

An Overview of Functional Training (28-03-2017)
This article will provide the reader with an outline of functional training within the context of the exercise and fitness industry.


  • Section One provides a background to the topic which looks to define some of the terms used, highlight the myriad of definitions in use and offer a brief history.
  • Section Two explains what is functional training, outlines the plethora of substitute terms and the purpose of it. Section Two continues with the role of functional assessments and links functional with stability, the components of fitness and training modalities. It will also outline some of the perceived benefits and paradoxes highlighted by some commentators, as well as the features one might expect to see within functional training and contraindications.
  • Section Three outlines some of the qualifications on offer to fitness professionals and some of the factors to consider when deliberating on which qualification to pursue.
  • Section Four highlights eight example exercises, including deficiencies/distortions to look out for.
  • Section Five describes functional within the context of other industries.
  • Section Six provides a summary of the article before providing the reader with some useful publications, links and references.
This article will provide the reader with an outline of rope climbing, generally and within the military.

Part One: Background to Rope Climbing and the Military.
Part Two: Military Perspectives.
Part Three: The Benefits of Rope Climbing.
Part Four: Methods and Techniques for Climbing a Rope.
Part Five: The (Anatomical) Science of Rope Climbing.
Part Six: Miscellaneous.

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