While I have my misgivings on a number of areas of the strength and conditioning sector, likely none is more of a concern than within military training. Sadly, this area seems most victimized by lowering standards of overall public health and inaccurate training information.
Straight to the point, Military is unlike all other because of the repercussions to error. I trust I can leave my comment to that as it does not need to be sensationalized but an incorrect training measure could cost an individual, as well as those around, their life.
The four keys to Military preparedness are:
Of the first point, survivability, this is very simple as I intend on getting those under me home and managing the unique demands of soldiering. “Survivability” is function of the ability to adapt to the most destabilized environments, performing challenge physical and mental tasks within an adrenaline rush.
All training must be adaptable to chaotic conditions and both mentally and physically prepare an individual to rapidly changing environments as well as ensure fitness levels are high. Physical training needs to recognize an extreme functionality of the demands of soldiering, understanding loading of body armour and with it, ensure the focus of physical training be on relative strength, dynamic range of motion and fitness levels. Finally, all training must be sustainable in the field when deployed where conditions are less than perfect.
prepared by John Davies
photos credit: John Davies in DVD "Anarchy, part two" Renegade Style Productions, 2005
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