The Impact of Mindset & Persistence Through (Arduous) Training

Research Paper Title Stress, Mindsets, and Success in Navy SEALs Special Warfare Training. Background Mindsets can impact an individual’s performance in stressful experiences such as public speaking or receiving negative feedback. Yet we know little about the boundary conditions of where these mindsets predict success, and where they may become irrelevant or even maladaptive. The… Read More

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What is Exercise Cambrian Patrol?

Introduction Exercise Cambrian Patrol, ‘The Patrol’, – originally known as the Cambrian March – is the premier patrolling event of the British Army. Where is it Held? The Patrol is held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th (Welsh) Brigade for Commander Land Forces (CLF), usually taking place in October each year. The Brigade Commander,… Read More

12 Tips on How to Prepare for Your Next Army Career Course

Introduction Soldier education was given an overhaul earlier this year – with the Army Leadership Development Programme (ALDP) launched as a replacement for the old Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) system. The scheme is split into two modules which personnel will undertake as they move up the ranks. Military Training (MT); and Military Education (ME).… Read More

Can We Use a Smartphone to Aid Retention in Elite Forces Training?

Research Paper Title Continuous Measurement of Reconnaissance Marines in Training With Custom Smartphone App and Watch: Observational Cohort Study. Background Specialised training for elite US military units is associated with high attrition due to intense psychological and physical demands. The need to graduate more service members without degrading performance standards necessitates the identification of factors… Read More

Linking Lower Limb Overuse Injury & Distance Travelled during Basic Training

Research Paper Title Distance travelled by military recruits during basic training is a significant risk factor for lower limb overuse injury. Background Military initial training results in a high incidence of lower limb overuse injuries (stress fractures and medial tibial stress syndrome). This study aimed to determine whether the distance travelled by recruits, both on… Read More

Intelligence & Resourcefulness…

‘A British General after viewing the work of the Canadians in attack at Paardeberg [sic], said: “Those men can go into battle without a leader, they have intelligence and resourcefulness enough to lead themselves.’ They did not stand beside stones waiting for an order to get behind them and save their lives. They saved their… Read More

Covid, Online Wargaming, & Keeping Soldiering Skills Sharp

An online soldier community that has been deploying video games to help keep battlefield skills sharp has started to attract toplevel interest. Players in the tri-Service UK Fight Club have turned to wargaming titles as a way of engaging each other online and practising manoeuvres that could be used on real-life exercises. Now, having picked… Read More