It is no surprise that I have my misgivings on a number of areas of the strength and conditioning sector but none is more of a concern than within military training. Sadly, this area seems more of a victim to lowering standards of overall public health and the often inaccurate training information presented online.
Very directly, the physical training needs of the military are 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 over dramatic 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 unstable environments, with complete 'situational awareness', 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 respect extreme functionality of the demands of soldiering, understanding loading of tactical clothing 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
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