Inarticulate Desire…

“Only the officer who dedicates his thought and energy to his men can convert into coherent military force their inarticulate thoughts about their country; nor is any other in a position to stimulate their desire to be of service to it.” Brigadier General S.L.A Marshall (1900 to 1977) S.L.A. “Slam” Marshall (full name, Samuel Lyman… Read More

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Is Military Service a Factor in Weight Perceptions & Weight Loss Attempts?

Research Paper Title Weight Perceptions and Weight Loss Attempts: Military Service Matters. Background People who do not perceive themselves as overweight or obese are less likely to use weight loss treatments. However, little is known about weight perceptions and their association with weight loss attempts among people who have served in the military. They represent… Read More

Does Self-Reported Knee Pain Impact Physical Training Negatively in Conscripts?

Research Paper Title Self-Reported Knee Pain Does Not Impact Physical Training Negatively in Conscripts. Background Despite the great number of investigations on the effects of injuries during military service, there is limited information available on the use of self-reported instruments. This study evaluated self-reported knee pain (KP) and its effect on physical performance during military… Read More

Does Low Back Pain during Military Service Predict Low Back Pain in Later Life?

Research Paper Title Low back pain during military service predicts low back pain later in life. Background The aim of the present study was to assess associations between physician diagnosed unspecified low back pain (LBP) during compulsory military service and self-reported LBP and physical fitness measured on average four years after military service. Methods From… Read More

Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Military-Related Risk Factors for Dementia

Research Paper Title Military-related risk factors for dementia. Background In recent years, there has been growing discussion to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder and how they may be linked to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease in veterans. Methods Building on that discussion, and… Read More

The (Military Pension) X-Factor Explained

A brief article to help you understand that ‘extra’ cash in your monthly pay. What is the X-Factor? It is an addition to basic pay that recognises the particular challenges of military life. Brief history The X-Factor was introduced in 1970. Male soldiers received 5% whilst female soldiers received 1%. The rates were not equalised… Read More

South Korea & Conscientious Objectors

“Lim jae-sung is a mild-mannered lawyer in his thirties with a fondness for monogrammed shirts and human-rights cases. Owing to South Korea’s strict military-service laws, he is also a convicted criminal with a prison record. Mr Lim refused to serve in the army after becoming involved with the anti-war movement sparked by the dispatch of… Read More