What are the Duties of a Platoon Sergeant in Defence?

What is a Platoon Sergeant? In many militaries, a platoon sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a platoon, who advises and supports the platoon’s commanding officer in leading the unit. Outline of Duties in Defence (i.e. in the field) There are three steps to the duties of a Platoon Sergeant in defence: Preparation: Know… Read More

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What are the General Duties of Special Operations Forces?

SOF personnel are required to infiltrate and exfiltrate to and from operational areas dismounted, carrying heavy loads and manipulating personal and support weapons systems and other heavy equipment. SOF personnel perform insertions and assaults on targets by: Parachuting onto ground or into water; Climbing ladders and cliffs; Rappelling; Conducting close-quarters battle (CQB); and Battle drills… Read More

Saluting & Dying…

“If you can’t get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile… Read More

My Full Duty…

“If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited… Read More

Fit for Duty: Malignant Hyperthermia Susceptibility

Research Paper Title Malignant Hyperthermia Susceptibility and Fitness for Duty. Background Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is an inherited hypermetabolic condition characterised by uncontrolled calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum of skeletal muscle, usually from exposure to inhaled general anesthetics and/or the depolarising neuromuscular blocking agent succinylcholine. Multiple case reports now reveal that crises may be precipitated… Read More

Values & Attitudes of Swedish Conscripts

Research Paper Title A Principal Component Analysis of Swedish Conscripts’ Values and Attitudes towards their Military Education. Abstract By identifying components relevant to conscripts’ success in and positive attitudes towards the military, we may be able to make it a more attractive employment option for current and future age-cohorts, thus solving the recruitment crisis not… Read More