Civil Affairs Q-Course

$39.00

  • 6-Week, 5 day/week sport-specifically designed to prepare athletes for the fitness demands of the Civil Affairs Qualification Course.
  • Intense often 2x/day training program with high levels of volume and stress.
  • This plan is “sport specific” to the specific fitness demands you’ll face at the Civil Affairs Q-Course – and includes specific programming for the fitness “gates” at the course – APFT, 10-Mile Ruck and 5-Mile Run
  • This training plan is one of the 200+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.

Description

The following is a sport-specific 6-week program is specifically designed to prepare athletes for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Qualification Course. The plan includes a 1-week taper and is designed to be completed the 6 weeks directly prior to your course start week.

This program gets progressively harder each week, until week 6, when the training tapers down into the start of the course. Don’t skip ahead!! The plan is designed to build upon itself. If you have to miss a training day, start up back where you left off.

This training program trains for the physical training standards a soldier is expected to pass at the Civil Affairs Q-Course, including the 12-mile ruck, 5-mile run, and APFT. The plan also includes an assessment based work capacity effort and gym based, multi-mode endurance designed to prepare you for the small unit tactics portion of the Civil Affairs Qualification Course.

The plan includes 4 specific assessments and follow-on percentage based progressions which allow the training program to automatically scale to your level of fitness. You’ll take these assessments 3 times over the 6-week program:

  • APFT – Max Sit ups (2 minutes), Max Push ups (2 minutes), and 2 Mile Run
  • 10 Mile Ruck for Time – 45# Ruck, 10lb Rubber Rifle or Sledge Hammer, Full Cammies/Boots
  • 5 Mile Run for Time, shorts and t-shirt
  • Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Test

Weekly Training Schedule

  • Monday: AM – APFT Work PM – Ruck Run Intervals
  • Tuesday: 2-Mile Run Intervals for 5 Mile Run Improvement
  • Wednesday: APFT Work, Work Capacity
  • Thursday: Gym Based, Multi-Mode Endurance
  • Friday: Long Ruck
  • Sat/Sun: Total Rest

COMMON QUESTIONS

What equipment is needed to complete this program?

  • Stop Watch with Repeating Countdown Timer – Timex Ironman is best.
  • 40/60# Sandbags (40# for Women, 60# for Men)
  • IBA, Plate Carrier, or Weight Vest @ 25#
  • 12/16kg Kettlebell (12kg for Women, 16kg for Men)
  • Rope for Sandbag Pulls
  • ALICE Ruck or same ruck you will use at the Q-Course, 45# of filler, 10# Rubber Rifle (No rifle? Use a 10 lb sledge hammer or a 10# dumbbell)
  • Pull up Bar
  • Highly Recommended – GPS-enabled Stop Watch with repeating countdown timer (Garmin Forerunner 10 is recommended ) A GPS enabled watch will make measuring run and ruck distances much easier.

What if I miss a day?
Don’t skip ahead. Start where you left off. The plan is progressive, and its training sessions designed to be completed in order.

What if I have less then 6 weeks before I start the Civil Affairs Q-Course?
Still start at the beginning of this training plan anyway. Don’t skip ahead.

Can I see a sample of the training?
Click the “Sample Training” Tab above to see the entire first week of programming.

Unfamiliar Exercises?
Go to http://mtntactical.com/category/exercises/ to see unfamiliar exercises.

Required Equipment


  • Stop Watch with Repeating Countdown Timer – Timex Ironman is best.

  • 40/60# Sandbags (40# for Women, 60# for Men)

  • IBA, Plate Carrier, or Weight Vest @ 25#

  • 12/16kg Kettlebell (12kg for Women, 16kg for Men)

  • Rope for Sandbag Pulls

  • ALICE Ruck or same ruck you will use, 45# of filler, 10# Rubber Rifle (No rifle? Use a 10 lb sledge hammer or a 10# dumbbell)

  • Pull up Bar

  • Highly Recommended – GPS-enabled Stop Watch with repeating countdown timer (Garmin Forerunner 10 is recommended ) A GPS enabled watch will make measuring run and ruck distances much easier.

Sample Training

Below is the entire first week from this training program:

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MONDAY
SESSION 1
Obj: Assessment

Warm up:

3 Rounds
2x 4-Square Drill
8x Squats
8x Push-Ups
8x Sit-Ups
Instep Stretch

Rest 5 Minutes

Training:
(1) 2 min. Max Push-Ups

Rest 5-10 Minutes

(2) 2 min. Max Sit-Ups

Rest 5-10 Minutes

(3) 2 Mile Run (timed)

Rest 10 min

(4) Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Test wearing 25# weight vest, IBA, or Ruck

3 Minutes 25m Shuttle Sprints for Reps - drop to prone at each end
Rest 1 minute
3 Minutes 25m Shuttle Sprints for Reps - drop to prone at each end
Rest 1 minute
3 Minutes 25m Shuttle Sprints for Reps - drop to prone at each end

RECORD YOUR SCORES

(5) 3 Rounds
Lat + Pec Stretch
Instep + Hip Flexor Stretch
Foam Roll legs/Low Back

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TUESDAY

SESSION 2
Obj: Assessment

Training:

(1) Run 5 miles for Time

RECORD FINAL TIME

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WEDNESDAY
SESSION 3
Obj: APFT Work/Work Capacity

Warm up:
3 Rounds
3x 4-Square Drill
8x Squats
8x Push-Ups
8x Sit-Ups
Instep Stretch

Training:
(1) 6 Rounds, every 75 sec
30% of max reps Push-ups

(2) 6 Rounds, every 75 sec
30% of max reps Sit-ups

(3) 4 Rounds
Run 800m at Interval Pace based on SESSION 1 2-mile Run Time using the MTI Running Calculator
Rest 2 Minutes between runs

CLICK HERE for Running Calculator

(4) 10 Rounds every 90 seconds wearing a 25# weight vest, IBA, or ruck
Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Interval Number

How to find interval number: Use your Tactical Work Capacity Assessment Score from SESSION 1. Divide by 9. Then multiply by 1.2. Round up to the nearest whole number. This is your interval number.

Example: Tactical Work Capacity Assessment score is 50 reps.

(50/9) x 1.2 = 6.6 = 7
Complete 7x 25m shuttles every 90 seconds. Rest with whatever time you have remaining in the 90 second round.

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THURSDAY
SESSION 4
Obj:  45 Minute Gym Based Endurance

Training:
(1) 45 Minute Grind …
3x Getup and Run @ 40/60#
6x Sandbag Clean + Push Press @ 40/60#
20x Step Ups @ 20”

(2) 15 Minute Grind …
4x Squat
4x Push Ups
4x Burpee, then …

Lee Special @ 40/60#, then …

3x In-Place Lunge
3x Jump Lunge
6x Jump/Touch/Jump

(3) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back

Comments: No rest between Parts (1) and (2). No Rope to pull for Part (2)’s Lee Special? Do 3/6x Chin Ups instead.

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FRIDAY
SESSION 5
Obj: Ruck Assessment

(1) 10 Mile Ruck Run for Time, Flat Course

Load - 45# + 10 lb Rubber Rifle/Sledge/Dumbbell

RECORD YOUR TIME

 
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