SUMMARY: This is the third part of Hodge-Seck’s coverage on the Marine’s gender study. The infantry experiment was designed to produce gender-neutral standards prior to integrating women into ground combat roles. Lead researcher Paul Johnson will compile data painstakingly derived from the assessments and trials conducted on 300 trial volunteers. One of the key findings so far is that input from professional civilian athletic trainers reduce injury-recovery times and helps the Corps improve training for combat missions. Athletic trainers have updated knowledge on exercise science that can potentially alter standards testing. For example, the sit-up tests do not have any application to skills that Marines use in combat. Andy Calise, a former infantryman who is now a full-time athletic trainer suggests that tailoring a training program to the specific military occupational specialities and physical requirements for the Marines should focus on a foundation of strength training and deadlifts, to increase core strength and balance. The Corps’ infantry experience has the potential to reconceptualise standards testing to create an overall stronger force.
SOURCE: Hope Hodge-Seck, May 26 2015, ‘Corps’ Infantry Experiment could create a stronger force,’ Marine Corps Times, http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/longform/military/2015/05/27/marines-infantry-experiment-creates-stornger-total-force/27643193/