It seems that the era of “marriage mates” is nearing its end.

“My sergeant major is now injured. Their bodies are damaged, ”said Col. Kinniri, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division 2nd Battalion. “I have to make sure that the next group of leaders and senior leaders in the army do not feel emotional. I wish we could think like this when we go upstairs. ”

The 4,500-strong brigade is part of the Army’s overall health and fitness program, which was announced in 2017 and was enshrined in military policy last year, as part of efforts to address injuries earlier and make military physical and occupational therapy more accessible. It focuses not only on fitness but also on general well-being, and promotes mental and spiritual well-being, adequate rest, good nutrition and, simply, self-care.

Internally, the H2F, a comprehensive health and fitness program that encourages soldiers to take better care of their minds and bodies, focuses not only on relieving pain after an injury, but also on learning how to train properly. And at least one brigade commander hopes that with such a change, the next generation of military leaders will not feel the same kind of pain and suffering. you do. To do so would require a measure of humility on the part of the leaders.

The army's plan is to stop many of its soldiers.
For the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, the 82nd Airborne Division will use strength training and air conditioning trainers at the Falcon Holistic Health and Fitness Center (H2F) October 18, 2021 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (US Army / Staff Lt. Andrew Malet)

“This is what I fight every day. ‘ “Like High Sergeant, I understand. You can kill anything, you can jump from every plane, but just stop and listen to this strength trainer because you are making a mistake. ”

Although the program may bring positive changes to the military everywhere, it may take years before it is implemented nationally. Currently, 28 Army Brigades – at Fort Bragg, Fort Drum, Fort Polk, Fort Bleis and Joint Base Lewis Maccord – have launched a comprehensive health and fitness program. A.D. By 2023, the army will begin deploying 10 more brigades a year over the next 10 years.

Kineeri, one of the first troops to begin mobilizing his brigade coaches and health professionals, marched on October 18 at the Brigade Training Center. At the facility, soldiers can receive sexual harassment response (SHARP). ) Office, Equal Opportunity Office, and Priest’s Office, as well as Sports Clinic, Nutritionists and Gym. He said it would serve as a “place for paratroopers to come to a place and get any help they need.”

The office building at the Brigade Training Center, Falcon Holistic Health and Fitness Center, is staffed by civilian strength coaches and coaches who are simply wearing blue shirts. Kinnery suggested that the uniform give the Sense of Professional Athletics Training Program and made it clear who the soldiers could ask for help. The idea of ​​training military athletes is ubiquitous. If professional athletes do physical therapy and train with coaches, the idea goes, so why not soldiers?

“The athlete, the professional athlete, who is part of this, sees this as a good thing,” said Kinneri.

The army's plan is to stop many of its soldiers.
For the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, the 82nd Airborne Division will use strength training and air conditioning trainers at the Falcon Holistic Health and Fitness Center (H2F) October 18, 2021 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (US Army / Staff Lt. Andrew Malet)

Veteran General Jessica Jones, Brigadier General H2F Program Director General Health and Fitness is still a relatively new concept and said she and her team are working to find commanders and units: “To understand how we can build in them. Training Plans

The goal of the General Health and Fitness Program is to stop seeing soldiers as “copies of each other as carbon offsets” and instead “as individuals,” said Major General Lony Hibard, former commander of the First Military Training Center last year. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach, military leaders think about a world where the military has access to tailor-made training programs.

Ideally, the soldiers are exercising, which will help them to reach a higher level of fitness, prevent injuries and allow them to recover faster and more efficiently if the injury is not resolved. Individual training takes into account not only where you are physically present, but also how you can improve, but also mentally. The soldiers are getting enough sleep, can they fill up from the last day? Is there something that they are worried about, something that is disturbing their training, something that they are talking to a priest about? Some classes are taking yoga as a practice and meditation practice.

And then comes the nutrition aspect. It’s not just about eating right, although this is a big part; Nutritionists with the brigade will also be on the training calendar. In particular, it is not clear what the moisture requirement is, but even a small amount of dehydration, as John emphasizes, “can greatly reduce your performance.

Unlike conventional units, the 2nd Brigade has direct access to coaches and physical therapists so soldiers do not need to maintain clinics or referrals, Jones said. In fact, they have access to up to 24 hours of care. And such access will enable them to train safely and efficiently for the Army Combat Test, which is more of a physical requirement than an Army Fitness Test with push-ups, sit-ups and two-mile runs.

The army's plan is to stop many of its soldiers.
In the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Training Room, the H2F trainer is available to work with the team. (Function and Purpose / Haley Brittzki)

Kiniri recalls going to Fort Bragg to run with his father as a child. And when he himself was in charge of a company in Bragg, Kinneri said, “We did it all. [was] Run ”

“This is not true,” he said. “it hurts.”

The army has introduced new exercises with the Army Combat Fitness Test, which means the service must work harder to prevent injuries, Kinieri said, especially when young soldiers are trying to lift weights or lift them inappropriately. The gym is open 24 hours a day and is only available to soldiers in the team – they can’t use it alone – and requires a strength trainer to accompany them to their workouts, Kinniri said.

“That’s why they’re here, for real training. “Try to get back to where you want to be, to be weighed where necessary, and then to the next level, to the next level.”

According to Jones, the coaches help the soldiers excel at ACFT and “build aerobic foundation and strength,” but those soldiers [Army Physical Fitness Test] It was training only for push-ups and running. ”

But the training goes beyond the Brigade Facility, and the soldiers can find several large boxes full of gym equipment, such as how to store ACFT items. Kinieri said the troops and their team could use the “gym-in-box” at any time.

The army's plan is to stop many of its soldiers.
2nd Brigade “Gym-in-the-Box”. (Function and Purpose / Haley Brittzki)

While the general health and fitness approach is intended to better care for soldiers, the army does not do this only out of sincerity. The service aims to keep soldiers in good physical and mental shape as much as possible.

Kinieri said that he had found some “trustworthy” irresponsible officers who had decided to leave the service because their bodies were gone. “They can’t walk with the men,” he said. Going forward.

“Because we beat them, we didn’t make them smart,” said Kinneri. “We grew up in an area where we loaded a 150-pound boat and made it walk all the time.” [noncommissioned officers] To move on in this and everyone is moving forward. Then it will be normal. ”

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