A Descriptive Study of US Special Operations Command Fatalities (2001-2018)

Research Paper Title A descriptive study of US Special Operations Command fatalities, 2001-2018. Background Studies of fatalities from injury and disease guide prevention and treatment efforts for populations at risk. Findings can inform leadership and direct clinical practice guidelines, research, and personnel, training, and equipment requirements. Methods A retrospective review and descriptive analysis was conducted… Read More

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First Female Soldier to Pass the US Army’s Special Forces Assessment & Selection (SFAS) Course

In November 2018, a female soldier successfully completed the US Army’s initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course (Myers, 2018). Several women have attempted the 24-day programme, which is part of the Special Forces selection and training pipeline, since then, but none have made it to the next round. The female soldier will eventually… Read More

What is the Effectiveness of the THOR3 Programme on Self-Reported Injury Rates?

Research Paper Title Evaluation of the US Army Special Forces Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning Program. Background The researchers sought to assess the rehabilitation process, training, performance, and injury rates among those participating and not participating in the Tactical Human Optimisation, Rapid Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program and determine injury risk factors. Methods… Read More

First Female Soldier to Successfully Complete the US Army’s Special Forces Assessment & Selection (SFAS) Course

A female soldier has made history by successfully completing the United States (US) Army’s Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course (Folley, 2018). Although several women have attempted to complete the US Army’s Special Forces (aka Green Beret’s) selection process since January 2016, this female soldier is the first to graduate from SFAS. The female… Read More

What are the Energy Requirements of US Army Special Operation Forces during Military Training?

Research Paper Title Energy requirements of US Army Special Operation Forces during military training. Background Special Operations Forces (SOF) regularly engage in physically demanding combat operations and field training exercises, resulting in high daily energy expenditure, and thus increased energy requirements. However, the majority of studies assessing energy requirements of SOF have been conducted on… Read More

Developing Screening Methods to Augment Injury-prevention Programmes in US Army Special Forces

Research Paper Title Physical and Performance Characteristics Related to Unintentional Musculoskeletal Injury in Special Forces Operators: A Prospective Analysis. Background Seventy-seven percent of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by United States Army Special Forces Operators are preventable. Identification of predictive characteristics will promote the development of screening methods to augment injury-prevention programmes. The objective of the research… Read More

What are the Effects of Deployment on Diet Quality & Nutritional Status of US Army SOF Soldiers?

Research Paper Title Effects of deployment on diet quality and nutritional status markers of elite U.S. Army special operations forces soldiers. Background Special Operations Forces (SOF) Soldiers deploy frequently and require high levels of physical and cognitive performance. Nutritional status is linked to cognitive and physical performance. Studies evaluating dietary intake and nutritional status in… Read More