Can We Use Machine Learning to Predict Lower-Extremity Injury in US Special Forces?

Research Paper Title Using Machine Learning to Predict Lower-Extremity Injury in US Special Forces. Background Musculoskeletal injury rates in military personnel remain unacceptably high. Application of machine learning algorithms could be useful in multivariate models to predict injury in this population. The purpose of this study was to investigate if interaction between individual predictors, using… Read More

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SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

New TV Documentary ‘The Selection: Special Operations Experiment’

Taking part in military-style fitness and TV programmes is all the rage at the moment. Just started showing here in Australia on Tuesday nights is a new TV programme ‘The Selection’ – or The Selection: Special Operations Experiment to give the full title – which is a reality documentary taking 30 men and women with no military… Read More

Unforeseen Risk: Leptospirosis & Special Operations Forces

Research Paper Title Unforeseen Risk: Leptospirosis and the U.S. Special Operations Community. Background Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonosis with worldwide distribution and is potentially lethal to those infected if left untreated. Due to the global posture of the US Special Operations community, there is a seemingly perfect overlap of the regions in which they deploy… Read More

Pass Rates for Selected US Military Courses

The United States Military has a number of schools that provide advanced or specialist training courses to their trained soldiers (i.e. soldiers who have completed basic training). Below is a selection of these courses, their pass rates and average number per course. Army Rangers: 1 in 3 (358 per course) Air Force Pararescue: 1 in… Read More

Special Forces: Physiological Description & Ergogenic Influence of Blood Reinfusion

Research Paper Title Elite Special Forces: Physiological Description and Ergogenic Influence of Blood Reinfusion. Background The researchers measured the physical exercise capabilities of US Army Special Forces soldiers (male) and determined the subsequent ergogenic influence of autologous blood reinfusion. Method Twelve subjects (Ss) completed maximal exercise treadmill testing in a comfortable (Ta = 20 degrees… Read More