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

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British Army Fitness Tests to be Re-written

After the decision by the MOD to open ground close combat roles (i.e. Infantry and Armoured) to women last year, the British Army’s fitness test will be evaluated to ensure women can (physically) qualify for these front line roles. Although all roles will be open to women from 2018, the new physical training standards will… Read More

Assessment of Physical Fitness in Military & Security Forces

Research Paper Title Assessment of physical fitness in military and security forces: a systematic review. Background The aim of this systematic review was to comprehensively study the physical fitness test and batteries used by military and security forces. The ultimate goal was to propose a physical fitness test battery to be used in military and… Read More

Assessing the Evidence regarding Warm-ups for Military Fitness Testing

Research Paper Title Warm-ups for military fitness testing: rapid evidence assessment of the literature. Background Warm-up exercises are commonly used before exercise as a method to physiologically prepare for strenuous physical activity. Various warm-up exercises are often implemented but without scientific merit and, at times, may be detrimental to performance. To date, no systematic reviews… Read More