From April new gender-free physical employment standards tailored to cap badge and job role will be introduced for non-ground close combat personnel. Unlike the annual fitness test (AFT), which assesses aerobic endurance and a limited number of physical requirements, the incoming regime will entail soldiers carrying out a wide range of tasks to gauge their… 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
Are Body Mass Index and Abdominal Circumference useful Indicators of Fitness Test Outcome in the British Army?
Research Paper Title The association between obesity related health risk and fitness test results in the British Army personnel. Background In the British Army, fitness is assessed by a load carriage test (Annual Fitness Test, AFT) and by a three event Personal Fitness Assessment (PFA). Body composition based on body mass index (BMI) and abdominal… Read More
What Questions Should Your Personal Trainer Be Asking During Your Initial Consultation, Assessment & Induction?
There are a range of questions your personal trainer should be asking you that go beyond simply asking about your weight, money you have to spend, and how much you can bench press. Collecting data on your height and weight (to work out your BMI) – as well as your waist circumference (this combined with… Read More
What is the Association of Sickle Cell Trait & Haemoglobin S Percentage with Physical Fitness?
Research Paper Title Association of Sickle Cell Trait and Haemoglobin S Percentage with Physical Fitness. Background This study aimed to determine the association between sickle cell trait (SCT) as a binary variable and haemoglobin S percentage as a stratified categorical variable with aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Methods This retrospective cohort study included all recruits who… Read More
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
What is the Number of UK Military Personnel who Failed at least one Fitness Test?
Between 01 June 2014 and 31 May 2015: 588 UK Regular Royal Navy (RN) personnel (in service as at 01 June 2015) failed at least one fitness test. This constituted 3% of personnel in service as at 01 June 2015 that took at least one fitness test during the period. 4,339 UK Regular Army personnel… Read More
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