Six Major Problems With the New USAF Tier II EOD Battlefield Airman Fitness Test and MTI’s Suggested Replacement

By Rob Shaul Few have designed as many mission-direct fitness assessments as us here at MTI. We’ve made several mistakes in fitness assessment design and have, and have learned lessons along the way. In general, the more direct, focused and simple the fitness assessment, the better. MTI’s Fitness Assessment Design Rules: Assessment Must Test the […]

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Arete 7.18.19

Military / National Security / Foreign Relations Fixing Light Reconnaissance Formations, Small War Journal US has three options to subdue Iran, Pravda Report No Manhatten Projects for Urban Operations, Small War Journal Estonian defense policy official on alliance relations and Russian stability, Defense News Options for U.S. Use of Private Military and Security Companies, Small Wars Journal Venezuela Gives Colombian […]

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Q&A 7.18.19

QUESTION I am an active duty United States Marine and have been researching some of your programs for quite a while. I have completed the TLU strength program that you have written and really enjoyed it. However, I have been unable to find a functional fitness program that was strenuous enough and met my needs […]

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Arete 7.11.19

Military / National Security / Foreign Affairs US approves possible $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan, Al Jazeera English Army, Navy face big shake-up on the road to confirming the next SECDE, Defense News More leadership changes at the National Reconnaissance Office, Defense News More troops to border?; Houthi drones bomb Saudi cities; US-Taliban talks resume; Camo-piercing camera; And […]

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Q&A 7.11.19

QUESTION What plan would you recommend for improving both my apft( pushups need most improvement) and ruck during a seven week period. ANSWER Air Assault Training Plan. It includes focused training for the APFT and a 6-mile ruck. Skip the Wednesday sessions in the plan to focus just on the APFT and the Ruck. – […]

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Q&A 7.4.19

QUESTION Love your plans. I am going to Ranger School in February of next year and wanted to put together a plan for training. I was going to do your ruck based selection plan. But wanted to know how would you put together the plan with only 33-35 weeks left? ANSWER Weeks    Plan 1-8  […]

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Arete 7.4.19

Military / National Security / Foreign Affairs Gunmen kill 16 in attack on Niger military camp, Reuters Why America Remains a 2nd-Generation Military, Small Wars Journal The Army is considering overturning Bowe Bergdahl’s sentence, Marine Corps Times Houthi drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport leaves nine injured, Reuters Are war fighters closer to AI-enhanced situational awareness?, Defense News Navy fires […]

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