What was the Average Enlistment Age for the British Army (2011-2014)?

The average age on enlistment to the untrained Regular, other ranks only, between 2011 and 2014 was 20 years 8 months. This figure is based on those who joined the untrained Regular Army only (may include rejoiners) and therefore excluded all officers, Gurkhas, full-time reserve service (FTRS), mobilised reserves, Army Reserve, and all other reserves.… Read More

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Research Paper Title U.S. Army Physical Demands Study: Differences in Physical Fitness and Occupational Task Performance Between Trainees and Active Duty Soldiers. Background U.S. Army initial entry training (IET) is designed to prepare trainees for the military environment and subsequent training, including specific programmes to increase physical fitness to perform job-specific tasks to the minimal… Read More

Deployment & Risk of Suicide in US Army Personnel

Soldiers in the U.S. Army who deploy within six months of an earlier deployment are at higher risk for suicide, as are new recruits who are sent to war within one year of enlisting. Those who redeploy within six months are 1.6 times more likely to attempt suicide. Soldiers who serve 12 months or less… Read More

What Has Been the Role of Benzathine Penicillin G in Predicting & Preventing All-Cause Acute Respiratory Disease?

Research Paper Title The role of benzathine penicillin G in predicting and preventing all-cause acute respiratory disease in military recruits: 1991-2017. Background The adenovirus vaccine and benzathine penicillin G (BPG) have been used by the US military to prevent acute respiratory diseases (ARD) in trainees, though these interventions have had documented manufacturing problems. Methods The… 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

Are There Any Sex Differences in Training Loads during British Army Basic Training?

Research Paper Title Sex Differences in Training Loads during British Army Basic Training. Background To compare training loads between men and women during 14-weeks of British Army standard entry basic training. Methods Thirty-one male (mean ± SD, age 21 ± 4 years, height 1.78 ± 0.08 m, mass 77.1 ± 10.5 kg) and 28 female… 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