PROSPECTIVE RECRUITS ENTERING BASIC COMBAT TRAINING (BCT) WITHOUT ADEQUATE STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE CONDITIONING MAY BE PREDISPOSED TO FAILING THE ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (APFT) AND/OR OBTAINING MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES, RESULTING IN SUBSEQUENT DISCHARGE FROM THE ARMY. THEREFORE, THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO OVERVIEW THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF BCT AND PRESENT GUIDELINES FOR THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL TASKED WITH TRAINING THE PROSPECTIVE RECRUIT.
1Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; and 2Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Paul C. Henning is a Captain in the Army and Research Biochemist at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA.
Andy V. Khamoui is a PhD student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University.
Lee E. Brown is a professor of strength and conditioning in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton.