- Overhauling Military Fitness Standards, Implementing New Programs
by Emily Attwood October 2016
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- Non-Regulation Tracks Blamed for Air Force Fitness Failures
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
In a press release on Thursday, the Air Force announced that all running and walking courses used by the service for physical testing must be measured and recertified by Oct. 31 of this year.
Physical testing for airmen requires them to complete a timed 1.5-mile run, or 2-kilometer walk if exempt. Upon evaluation of several Air Force testing courses, local inspectors found that upwards of 60 airmen have failed the fitness assessment in the last decade who may have met the required time if the course they were running had been the correct regulation length.
- West Point Lifts Ban on Boxing for Female Cadets
by Dan Lamothe September 2016
Cadets get ready for coed boxing class at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Beginning this fall, officials shifted from banning female students from the course to requiring it for all 1,000 students in the Class of 2020. Female cadets heard about the decision to mandate boxing as they were preparing to arrive on campus this summer. "At first I was kind of upset, but now I'm getting into it," DeAdre Harvey said.
- Fitness Training Helps Vets Conquer PTSD
by Tom Charlier August 2016
A growing wealth of research documents the benefits exercise can provide for PTSD sufferers by boosting the brain's production of endorphins, which enhance feelings of well-being, and suppressing levels of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone. Physical activity also allows patients to work off their anger and sleep better.
- Marines Looking for Recruits Among Female HS Athletes
by Lolita C. Baldor August 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.
- SEAL Trainee's Family Wants Answers After His Death
by Ken Dilanian and Mike Hixenbaugh August 2016
From the moment Lynsi Price absorbed the crushing news that her younger brother had drowned while training to become a Navy SEAL, she struggled to understand how such a thing could happen. For two years, she had watched James “Derek” Lovelace prepare for the grueling SEALs basic training program – swimming, running and weightlifting in the Florida coastal town where they grew up. He was a great swimmer, a strong athlete. How could he have died in the first week of the course, during a pool drill designed to test basic swimming skills? “I knew in my heart that something wasn’t done right,” Price, 24, said in a tearful interview. “Because he would have made it.” Navy officials assured the family it was a freak accident, perhaps complicated by hidden medical issues, she said. Price and her father, James Lovelace, an Iraq War veteran, came to believe what they were told by men in uniform, she said.
- NFL to Return $723K to Taxpayers for Military Tributes
by Stuart Goldman May 2016
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake that the NFL will return more than $723,000 back to taxpayers that funded sponsored military events with the league, which McCain and Flake had called “paid patriotism.”
- First Female Army Ranger School Graduates Set Standard
by Stuart Goldman December 2015
In August, two soldiers made history by becoming the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School. The soldiers, 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest, graduated along with 94 men after 19 women and 381 men total attended the first Ranger School course in April. A third woman was still attempting to complete the 62-day course in late September. Editors note: Maj. Lisa Jaster, successfully completed the Army Ranger School and graduated in October after this article was originally published.
- Accidental Deaths Prompt New Navy Safety Rules
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
On April 24th, two Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh and 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis were found at the bottom of a combat training pool after attempting a breath-holding exercise. Both men perished. Marihugh and Lewis were conducting an off-hours workout at the pool by themselves.
- Congress Calls for Ban on 'Pay for Patriotism' Promotions
by Jason Scott October 2015
From 2011 to 2014, the NFL collected a reported $5.4 million in taxpayer money for mid-game salutes to the military. Calling the promotions “pay for patriotism” and “marketing gimmicks,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has convinced Congress to ban this kind of activity at major sporting events.