What is The Forces March?

The Forces March is a recreation of the an epic 135 mile World War 2 training march from Ilfracombe to Bulford. The march, which took place in 1942, was undertaken by men who would go on to spearhead the entire D-Day operations with the assault on Pegasus Bridge. The march is open to teams and… Read More

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Does 1.5 mile Run Time & Body Mass Predict 8 Mile Loaded March Performance?

Research Paper Title 1.5 mile run time and body mass predict 8 mile loaded march performance, irrespective of sex. Background To develop a statistical model to predict 8 mile Loaded March (LM) performance and quantify differences in physical characteristics for men and women British Army Personnel. Methods 135 trained soldiers (87 men; 48 women) completed… Read More

What are the Effects of Heavy Load Carriage during Constant-Speed, Simulated, Road Marching?

Research Paper Title Effects of heavy load carriage during constant-speed, simulated, road marching. Background Load carriage is a key element in dismounted military operations. Load carriage requirements in the field regularly exceed 50% of lean body mass (LBM) and have only rarely been studied. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the metabolic… Read More

Comparison of Whole-Body Cooling Techniques for Athletes & Military Personnel

Research Paper Title Comparison of Whole-Body Cooling Techniques for Athletes and Military Personnel. Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate cooling rates of The Polar Life Pod®, a military protocol and cold water immersion (CWI). Methods A randomised, repeated measures design was used to compare three treatment options. Participants exercised in an environmental… Read More

Physical Training for Loaded Marching Performance Among British Army Recruits.

Research Paper Title Physical Training for Loaded Marching Performance Among British Army Recruits. Abstract Study 1 quantified the validity and repeatability of an automated on-line (ON) gas analysis system during sub-maximal loaded marching (LM) against that of the Douglas Bag (DB) approach. The 95% ratio Limits of Agreement (LoA) revealed the ON system systematically overestimated V02 by -16%… Read More

ADF: Load Carriage Capacity of the Dismounted Combatant – A Commander’s Guide

Research Paper Title Load Carriage Capacity of the Dismounted Combatant- A Commander’s Guide. Executive Summary There is a universal requirement for military personnel to be capable of moving their body mass plus an external load. The load carried by military personnel is typically comprised of clothing, protective ensemble (i.e. body armour, helmet), combat equipment (i.e.… Read More

Personal Training: 5-miler TAB

Just completed a 5-mile TAB with 38lb in 51 min 13 (10.2 mins per mile). Predominantly flat pavement with some slopes. Forecast stated rain and low temperature by 1pm so I wore my sweatshirt; no rain, humid and very sweaty!