1.0 Introduction

This article provides an overview of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Unit Fitness and Sports Officer (UFSO) Course.

2.0 What is the CAF FORCE Test?

Every member of the CAF is required to successfully complete the FORCE test (Fitness for Operational Requirements of Canadian Armed Forces Employment), a series of 4 tasks designed to measure operational fitness – a reflection of the CAF minimal physical employment standard related to common defence and security duties known as the Universality of Service principle.

3.0 What is the Aim of the AFTA Course?

The aim of this course is to train CAF personnel in a position of leadership related to their unit’s physical fitness training and sports programme.

It has been designed so the UFSO can manage their unit’s physical fitness and sports activities, by effectively matching the annual physical fitness training programme to the operational and training schedule of a unit. This will enable units to follow a specific fitness and sport plan that is catered to their unique requirements.

4.0 How long is the Course?

The course is 5 days in duration.

5.0 Where is the Course Delivered?

The course is delivered by the National Personnel Support Programmes (PSP) Training Centre located at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden.

6.0 Who is Eligible for the Course?

The AFTA Course is open to military personnel and criteria include:

  • Be BFTA or AFTA qualified and involved with the unit’s/school’s physical training programme on a regular basis.
  • Successfully completed the FORCE evaluation in the past 12 months.
  • Have the rank of Sergeant or Petty Officer 2nd Class and above.
  • Be currently qualified in St. John’s Standard Level First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Medical standards:
    • V CV H G O A
    • 4 3 3 2 2 5
  • Course attendance approval through the chain of command.

7.0 Outline of Training

The UFSO Course has been designed so the UFSO can manage their unit’s physical fitness and sports activities, by effectively matching the annual physical fitness training programme to the operational and training schedule of a unit.

This will enable units to follow a specific fitness and sport plan that is catered to their unique requirements.

8.0 Other Courses and Qualifications

9.0 Useful Publications

  • Branscombe, J. (2015) Curriculum Development Issues and Opportunities in the Canadian Military Physical Fitness Program. PhD Thesis. Nipissing University. Available from World Wide Web: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/92900/1/curriculum%20development%20issues%20and%20opportunities.pdf. [Accessed: 02 January, 2019].
  • FORCE Evaluation Operations Manual.

10.0 Useful Links

  • CAF Connection: https://www.cafconnection.ca/National/Programs-Services/For-Military-Personnel/Military-Fitness.aspx.
  • CFMWS: https://www.cfmws.com/en/AboutUs/PSP/Pages/default.aspx.

11.0 References

  • Branscombe, J. (2015) Curriculum Development Issues and Opportunities in the Canadian Military Physical Fitness Program. PhD Thesis. Nipissing University. Available from World Wide Web: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/92900/1/curriculum%20development%20issues%20and%20opportunities.pdf. [Accessed: 02 January, 2019].
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