I read an interesting article in the AJC last week about how the United States military is changing the way they approach the physical aspect of basic training. I have never really thought about it before, but hind sight makes this sort of a "duh" moment. The article, "Army drops bayonets, busts abs in training revamp", eludes to the fact that running long distances, a staple of army boot camps, is not very relevant when it comes to fighting a war.
These guys need to become warriors, not marathoners! I say the military could take it a step farther and take a few lessons from football strength and conditioning coaches. While coaching high school football, I went through my fair share of training in this matter. By no means do I claim to be an expert, but I have seen several experts in action. If we had a military made up of men and women that were in half the shape of the typical Division I or NFL football player, it would be even more of a superpower.
Don't get me wrong, I love our military, and I thank each and every one of you that serve our country! I just want us to maximize our ability to mold strong men and women! The military is maybe the only thing the Federal Government can proudly say they are in charge of!