Fortune & Training…

“Think thou that these magnificent, victorious Legionnaires became what they are through some arbitrary stroke of fortune? Nay! They do not sit around congratulating themselves in the wake of every victory. Nay! They spend every moment refining and improving their craft. Without apology, they pursue excellence. Each one knows and understands that he alone stands… Read More


SAS: Who Dares Wins, Episode 2 Tonight

Don’t forget that episode 2 (day 3/4) of SAS: Who Dares Wins (which mimics the UK Special Forces Selection process) is on Channel 4 @ 21:00 (9pm). Only 20 of the original 30 contestants are still in, and I’m looking forward to Sam the Trainee Stuntman (who is ‘fitter’ than everyone else and going to… Read More

Gender, Physical Demands & British Army Initial Military Training

Research Paper Title Comparison of the Physical Demands of Single-sex Training for Male and Female Recruits in the British Army. Background This study compared the physical demands and progression of basic training for male and female British Army recruits in single-sex platoons. Methods 30 male and 30 female recruits were monitored for energy expenditure (EE) (doubly… Read More

Lead Poisoning & British Army Training in 1915

Frank Shufflebotham writing about the 14 cases of lead poisoning he cam across in young men training for the British Army in 1915. Of the 14 men, 10 were pottery workers, 3 were house painters and 1 was a plumber. Symptoms started to show from 3-7 weeks after mobilisation or enlistment, and Shufflebotham suggested that… Read More

Which ‘One’ Are You?

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” (Heraclitus, 534-474BC, Greek Philosopher)

Is Smoking Associated with Injury in Military Training?

Research Paper Title Smoking and Injury in Royal Marines’ Training. Background Training for the Royal Marines (RMs) is considered to be one of the most arduous military training regimes in the world. Approximately 16% of the annual intake of recruits suffer an injury. Smoking has been found to be a predisposition to injury. Objective To… Read More