28th Jul2011

The Art of the Rucksack

by A.J.

Recently I was in Leadville Colorado on a WET exercise (Winter Environmental Training). For those of you that don’t know, Leadville Colorado is the highest altitude incorporated city in the United States (10,152 feet).  The training exercise started out normal enough; Scarpa Boots, check jet boil stove, check cross-country skis, check fully loaded rucksack containing enough snivel gear to bivouac on the dark side of the moon, check. My team and I got up to the mountains conducted skills training most of the day and in the afternoon headed off to find a suitable site to RON (Rest Over Night). The snow cave I constructed was rudimentary but would have to do, and after a frigid night of -20°F when 0400 rolled around it was time to bug out and link up with the rest of the company.  This is where we get to the point of the story, if it is -20°F and (more…)

28th Jul2011

What is Your Operational Equivalent Fitness Level

by A.J.

The Army, Marines, Air force and Navy all have physical fitness standards because they understand the absolute minimum fitness level required the do the job. When you take the PT (physical training) test generally you wear the appropriate PT uniform. When on mission the uniform the service member wears is often different and as such can have a negative effect on overall performance. There are many factors that indicate fitness from flexibility, strength, endurance, agility and so on, some more specific measures are Ventilatory Threshold, Lactic Threshold and VO2 max.

VO2 max is a metric used by athletes to determine the efficiency with which an individual utilizes oxygen. VO2 max is one measure that indicates an athletes ability to undergo sustain (more…)

24th Jul2011

15 Ways to Improve Training

by A.J.

Unfortunately getting out to the field to conduct some good combat training is difficult these days will such a high operational tempo and so many demands placed on the force. These obstacles make it absolutely imperative to get the most out of training. These 15 steps when applied in a well disciplined approach can greatly improve your combat training and that of your team.

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