Arete 9.28.17

Military New uniform coating could keep troops warm without multiple layers, Military Times Book Review – The Grey Line: Corporate Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, Small Wars Journal Taliban retakes district in Afghan northwest, Long War Journal McMaster’s North Korea Gaff, Real Clear Defense We’re Getting the Malaysia Counterinsurgency All Wrong, War is Boring Homeland Security/Terrorism […]

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Packet Focus: Grunt PT

By Rob Shaul Grunt PT is the Mountain Tactical Institute’s day-to-day mission-direct, tactical programming for line unit, active duty soldiers. After witnessing many top-down, command-driven fitness initiative failures over the past decade, we committed to developing programming line unit soldiers at all levels could implement on their own, with or without command support. Grunt PT has it’s foundation […]

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Q&A 9.28.17

QUESTION Hi, I have about 4 months to prepare for Army basic training. I’ve been dragging my feet and have become kinda a slob, what program do you recommend for me to not die during basic? ANSWER Start with the APFT Training Plan, and follow it up with the Military On-Ramp Plan right before Basic. […]

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Quiet Professional: On Professional Reading

By Rob Shaul I suggest four distinct professional reading categories: 1) Wisdom Literature This is the philosophical, foundational ideas and thinking quiet professionals need to keep us grounded and reset efforts when our foundation gets “squishy” or when we feel spiritual unease. Ideally we read snippets of this daily – and often from a narrow […]

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Arete 9.21.17

Military Reflections on Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Small Wars Journal McMaster on North Korea: ‘There Is a Military Option’, Defense Tech Marines want integrated suppressors, Marine Corps Times Russia May Send 100K Troops to NATO’s Borders, Defense Tech US has launched ‘more than 100 strikes against AQAP’ so far this year, Long War Journal […]

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Advice to My Younger Self: Language School

By Jay Huwieler You are embarking on perhaps the most mentally-taxing endurance event in the U.S. Army – 63 weeks learning a Category 4 language at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. No, it won’t be physically tough, and graduating won’t earn you the same respect among your peers that Ranger School would, […]

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Q&A 9.21.17

KUDOS ON HUMILITY “Just wanted to give you and your team kudos on Humility. After completing it the first time last summer, it sucked so bad I swore I would never do it again. Well after being at NTC for a month not doing any PT I decided I needed to get back in shape […]

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Plan Focus: Spartan Ultra Beast

By Charles Bausman The Spartan Ultra Beast is one of the most challenging obstacle course races out there, with a distance of  26 miles or greater and wide variety of obstacles which require strength, work capacity, and mental grit. This is a challenging course and need a high level of fitness navigate the race. MTI’s […]

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Plan Focus: Spartan Beast

  By Charles Bausman The Spartan Beast Obstacle Course Race is a tough challenge that amps up the distance and obstacles. At a distance of 12-14 miles with over 30 obstacles, it requires strength, work capacity, endurance and mental grit. The race requires a high level of fitness navigate the race. The Spartan Beast Training […]

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