Do Active Duty Navy Women Require Aid to Return to Pre-Pregnancy Fitness?

Research Paper Title Postpartum Fitness and Body Mass Index Changes in Active Duty Navy Women. Background Active duty Navy women participate in biannual Physical Fitness Assessments (PFAs), which include height and weight measurements and a Physical Readiness Test (PRT). PFAs are waived during pregnancy and resume the cycle after 6 months following maternity leave. The… Read More

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What is the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury in Infantry Training for Women?

Research Paper Title Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. Background Until recently, women were excluded from British combat roles. Their risk for musculoskeletal injury during basic training is two to three times higher than men. To… 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

Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat in the USMC?

Research Paper Title U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat? Abstract This is an Interim Special Report on the multi-phased research effort, initiated by Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos to gather quantitative data identifying the physical strength requirements of combat arms units. The goal is to find ways… Read More

Summarising the Biomedical Research on Health & Performance of Military Women

Research Paper Title Biomedical Research on Health and Performance of Military Women: Accomplishments of the Defense Women’s Health Research Program (DWHRP). Abstract In 1994, the US Congress provided US$40 million for biomedical research on issues of importance for military women. This supported 104 intramural and 30 extramural studies and launched an era of research to narrow the… Read More

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

Basic Combat Training: Stress & Improving Mood

Research Paper Title Improved Mood State and Absence of Sex Differences in Response to the Stress of Army Basic Combat Training. Background It is reported that women are more susceptible to stress than men but they have not been compared in stressful, real-world, team-centred, occupational/training environments. This study investigated effects of Army Basic Combat Training… Read More