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British Army Fitnes Tests

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  • Essay length: 2205 words
  • Submitted: 21/03/2011
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AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill

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Research public service fitness tests and analyse areas for improvement when compared with personal fitness assessment.

The physical trials that a potential British Army recruit is expected to undertake during the Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC) involve a combination of cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility tests.

As a result of the physically demanding nature of soldiering, physical fitness is an important feature of military training. High aerobic fitness, muscle strength and endurance and a low percentage of body fat are all desirable characteristics. These traits have all been related to performance ability during everyday tasks, such as marching long distances with a considerable load, climbing and repetitive lifting.

"The high levels of general fitness achieved by the Army enables them to carry out very strenuous and mentally complex tasks in their training while still being able to make effective decisions while under stress - this prepares them for combat situations when making the correct decisions under immense pressure. Their fitness creates a standard of physical readiness. This means that, while you might never have to run for exactly 1.5 miles within 10 minutes, doing so will mentally and physically prepare you for rising to similar, less

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