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Build Your Own Combat Conditioning Course - Make it Job Related!
One should realize that the standard fitness test most groups take is NOT a perfect marker of one's skills as a military member, police officer, SWAT Team or other Special Operator. Many people ask why do I need to do these fitness tests as it has nothing to do with my job. However, statistically speaking, it has been proven in many programs that the higher you score on the "entrance exam" fitness test the better you will do at basic training programs. But, it is also true that it does not matter how high you score on a pushup, pullup, or running test, it does not equally translate to how well you operate with a weapon in a high stress environment. So for the sake of argument let's call the standard Physical Fitness Test (PFT - pushups, situps, sit and reach, and 1.5 mile run) that most military members take is just that - a fitness and health test. This test is an indicator of basic cardiovascular function, core movement ability and flexibility, and upper body conditioning. That is all the PFT will give you. But that is fine - we need to prove our troops are healthy on a regular basis.
An Option: An additional test can be performed that can contain both cardiovascular performance, strength, endurance, agility, team work, speed, and tactical applications like shooting. This test can be developed to hone skills, build combat skills in a safe environment, and just be good training for the soldiers on any tactical level. In the SEAL Teams, our training department would develop Combat Conditioning Courses that usually included, rucking with gear, swimming with gear, obstacle courses, more running, and shooting. These events could last as short as 20-30 minutes or as long as several hours. What our trainers did was develop tasks that mimicked the actual job performance of our duties in future or typical missions that we could be called to perform.
An Idea of a
Competition Combat Course from PG County SWAT Team Competition
Another option is to perform a combat conditioning course on a moments notice, so there is no preparation for it. In the Spec Ops world, things happen quickly and your previous training all comes into play at this critical moment in time. Your standard operating procedures are tested at this point, teamwork, physical ability, and tactical proficiency.
Designing a course should be job specific. For instance, the admin officer or supply chief of the command should not be required to do this type of training. Though with some imagination I am sure you could develop a challenge for any one in your command that is job related. It does not have to be a physical challenge - just job related.
The Heroes of Tomorrow program was developed by former Navy SEAL Stew Smith, fitness author. We can help prepare you for ANY profession that requires a Physical Fitness Test and YOU pay nothing for the training! Warning - it is rather advanced but we can scale it back a bit and teach running and swimming techniques and help you build up to your goal level of fitness.
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