Is There an Association between Healthy Behaviours and Being Physically & Mentally Stronger?

Research Paper Title Mental health, physical health, and health-related behaviours of US Army Special Forces. Background To prospectively examine the health and health-related behaviours of Army Special Forces personnel in comparison with two distinct, but functionally similar Army groups. Methods Special Forces, Ranger Qualified, and General Purposes Forces enrolled in the Millennium Cohort Study were… Read More

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Is There a Link between FMS Scores & Healthy Habits?

Research Paper Title Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) Scores and Demographics of US Army Pre-Ranger Candidates. Background The United States Army Rangers are a unique population whose training requirements are intensive, and physically and mentally demanding. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a movement screening tool designed to assess movement quality and asymmetries in movement with… Read More

Time to Recover from Arduous Training!

Research Paper Title Differential recovery rates of fitness following U.S. Army Ranger training. Background To investigate tactically-related physical performance and body composition recovery following US Army Ranger training using a prospective cohort. Methods Physical performance was comprehensively assessed using a tactically-related performance battery (i.e., Ranger Athlete Warrior assessment) in 10 male Soldiers at baseline (BL)… Read More

Does the Distance between the Peroneal Brevis & the Lateral Fibular Ridge Remain Consistent throughout Extremes of Motion?

Research Paper Title Ultrasound Evaluation of the Peroneal Tendons in an Asymptomatic Elite Military Population: A Prospective Cohort Study. Background The purpose of this study was to identify the location of the peroneal tendons in relationship to the fibular groove in an asymptomatic population of elite US Military Service members. Methods The peroneal tendons of… Read More

First Female Airmen Passes US Army Ranger Course

On 30 August 2019, US Air Force 1st Lieutenant Chelsey Hibsch became the first female airman to earn the US Army’s Ranger tab last week. Hibsch was eligible to take the Army Ranger Course after she attended the Air Force’s Ranger Assessment Course, which is hosted by the Air Force Security Forces Centre and based… Read More

The Five (US) Special Operations Forces Truths

The Five (US) Special Operations Forces Truths: Humans are more important than hardware. Quality is better than quantity. Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced. Competent Special Operations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur. Most special operations require non-SOF assistance (forgotten since 1989(ish), but resurrected in 2009). Adapted from the SOF Imperatives noted in… Read More

Battlefield-like Stress & Immune Response: Any Link?

Research Paper Title Transcriptome Characterization of Immune Suppression from Battlefield-like Stress. Background & Methods Transcriptome alterations of leukocytes from soldiers who underwent 8 weeks of Army Ranger training (RASP, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program) were analysed to evaluate impacts of battlefield-like stress on the immune response. About 1400 transcripts were differentially expressed between pre- and… Read More