Accession Number:

ADA190834

Title:

Physical Training for the Modern Battlefield: Are we Tough Enough?

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-11-23

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

The individual soldiers physical and mental preparation for battle are arguably two of the most important factors considered when deciding whether a force onset of fatigue and contributes to enhanced mental resolve of the force when committed. Does the centrally controlled, aerobic intensive, test oriented physical training program currently used by our army give us the best methods for preparing our soldiers for the eventuality of combat This paper shows the implications of what is possible it analyzes some of the physiological and psychological demands of combat, it investigates historical examples of commanders who, with a vision of how they would flight, properly prepared their units for the physical aspects of battles, and it outlines the current methods used by the USSR and the US in preparing their soldiers for the stresses of war. The conclusions address changes which must be made in our physical training programs if we are to meet the demands imposed by Airland Battle Doctrine-- training which is stressful, contingency related, and directed to readiness. Keywords Physical fitness, Physical readiness, Fear, Fatigue, Combat readiness, Unit contingency training.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE