Discussing Captain Capon’s Cure: Food, Fitness & the British Army’s Physical Development Depots, 1936–1939

Discussion Paper Title Captain Capon’s Cure – Food, Fitness and the British Army’s Physical Development Depots, 1936–1939. Abstract In the late 1930s, the British Army faced a manpower crisis that threatened imperial defence. This predicament was made worse by the rejection on medical grounds of a worryingly high number of potential recruits. To try and reverse this… Read More


A Cross of Iron…

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its… Read More

Comparing Three Techniques of Measuring the Body Composition of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets

Research Paper Title Body Composition of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets: A Comparison Across Three Techniques of Measurement. Background Physical fitness is imperative for the Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets to be commissioned for active duty. This project compared the standard anthropometric assessment of ROTC cadets using tape measurement to body composition measurements using… Read More

Danish Officer Career Management System (2001)

The Danish military officer system is in a state of transition. In both old and new systems, officers are required to serve until mandatory retirement points. The old system’s retirement points were: Generals at age 65; Colonels and lieutenant colonels at age 62; and Majors at age 52. Under the new system, all officers, regardless of rank,… Read More

Influence: Sought or Unsought…

“The conjunction of an immense military establishment and a huge arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, and even spiritual – is felt in every city, every state house, and every office of the federal government … In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition… Read More

An Assessment of Physical Fitness in Military & Security Forces

Research Paper Title Assessment of Physical Fitness in Military and Security Forces: A Systematic Review. Background The aim of this systematic review was to comprehensively study the physical fitness test and batteries used by military and security forces. The ultimate goal was to propose a physical fitness test battery to be used in military and… Read More

Norwegian Officer Career Management System (2001)

In principle, the Norwegian officer system is a full-career long-term profession that allows officers to complete a 40-year career or retire at age 60, whichever comes first, with two-thirds pay as a pension. There are few NCOs in Norway’s armed forces, and the officer corps fulfills many of the responsibilities traditionally performed by NCOs. This practice results… Read More