Accession Number : ADA622014


Title :   A Historical Review and Analysis of Army Physical Readiness Training and Assessment


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST


Personal Author(s) : East, Whitfield B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a622014.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 295


Abstract : The Drillmaster of Valley Forge Baron Von Steuben correctly noted in his Blue Book how physical conditioning and health (which he found woefully missing when he joined Washington s camp) would always be directly linked to individual and unit discipline, courage in the fight, and victory on the battlefield. That remains true today. Even an amateur historian, choosing any study on the performance of units in combat, quickly discovers how the levels of conditioning and physical performance of Soldiers is directly proportional to success or failure in the field. In this monograph, Dr. Whitfield Chip East provides a pragmatic history of physical readiness training in our Army. He tells us we initially mirrored the professional Armies of Europe as they prepared their forces for war on the continent. Then he introduces us to some master trainers, and shows us how they initiated an American brand of physical conditioning when our forces were found lacking in the early wars of the last century. Finally, he shows us how we have and must incorporate science (even when there exists considerable debate!) to contribute to what we do and how we do it in shaping today s Army. Dr. East provides the history, the analysis, and the pragmatism, and all of it is geared to understanding how our Army has and must train Soldiers for the physical demands of combat. Our culture is becoming increasingly unfit, due to poor nutrition, a lack of adequate and formal exercise, and too much technology. Still, the Soldiers who come to our Army from our society will be asked to fight in increasingly complex and demanding conflicts, and they must be prepared through new, unique, and scientifically based techniques. So while Dr. East s monograph is a fascinating history, it is also a required call for all leaders to better understand the science and the art of physical preparation for the battlefield. It was and is important for us to get this area of training right, because getting it right mean


Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING , *MILITARY HISTORY , *PHYSICAL FITNESS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE