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Physical Training Program Afghanistan


We designed this 6-week training plan mission-specifically to build the legs and lungs for soldiers and others need to patrol in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. Over a dozen US Army and Marine Corps Battalions plus thousands of individual US and NATO soldiers used this program prior to deployment downrange.




Physical Training Program Afghanistan



People have been graduating from tough special operations programs long before there were specific books, DVDs, websites and pre-spec-ops training programs. The best answer must contain a foundation of fitness and construct a peak on it so you perform at your absolute best without incurring an overuse injury.


Another factor is mental toughness. This is absolutely the most difficult element to measure. These special-ops training programs will push you to your physical limit. Will you have the mental toughness to keep moving and not quit? The better shape you are in, the easier the mental challenges become.


This body type has a fitness foundation of speed, power and strength. These are great assets to have, but you do not need to cultivate them further in your quest to join a special-ops unit. Many football players and powerlifters think a 1.5-mile timed run is long. That mindset must change so that run becomes a relatively short distance and your speed increases. Many programs will have you undergo timed runs of 4-5 miles, so you need to pump up your running and endurance training more than lifting weights.


The running group, however, is typically weaker in upper-body strength and leg power, so doing some foundational lifting is recommended. If seeking special-ops training programs, focus on lifting that involves full-body movements, not isolating muscle groups. Olympic powerlifting is a great source for building the power relays needed to move with more strength, and many programs can help you learn these.


For many, this was your first introduction to fitness. Building big muscles and looking better was the goal. However, many of the bigger-muscle guys at spec-ops training programs are the first to fall due to lack of endurance -- both in terms of cardiovascular and muscle stamina. If your foundation of fitness is doing a muscle or body part daily, you need to change quickly. This is not a functional way to build a foundation.


The one thing to remember is that special operations training is not 45-60 minutes in a gym each day. It is an all-day (and often all-night) thing, so training a few muscle groups is not going to cut it. You need a healthy mix of running, swimming, rucking, weights and calisthenics each week in a long-term periodized program that will allow for you to withstand hours of working and miles of moving -- special-ops style.


Afghan training camps have been functioning for decades. It is believed that several thousand camps were established throughout Afghanistan in the 1980s during the Soviet-Afghan War.[8] These camps have historically not only provided militant and physical training but also an extensive training and devotion to Islamic history and faith.


The absence of variations in plasmatic levels of these parameters may indicate that the dogs were not subjected to strenuous exercise and they did not suffer significant fibrillary disruption and long-term damages; this also implies that their physical fitness and training were adequate for the required tasks.


Our analysis reveals the U.S. government greatly overestimated its ability to build and reform government institutions in Afghanistan as part of its stabilization strategy. We found the stabilization strategy and the programs used to achieve it were not properly tailored to the Afghan context, and successes in stabilizing Afghan districts rarely lasted longer than the physical presence of coalition troops and civilians. As a result, by the time all prioritized districts had transitioned from coalition to Afghan control in 2014, the services and protection Afghan forces and civil servants were in a position to provide often could not compete with a resurgent Taliban as it filled the void in newly vacated territory.


To compete with the insurgents, the U.S. government assumed the Afghan government would need to out-govern the Taliban and provide services that went well beyond what the Taliban had offered. USAID and DOD programs sought to enable the Afghan government to provide health clinics, schools, retainer and flood walls, agricultural training and seed distribution, and countless other projects, while the Taliban only offered a modicum of security, and in some cases, dispute resolution.


Soldiers with advanced training in building the mental, emotional and physical skills for maintaining and enhancing resilience will become master resilience trainers. These primarily noncommissioned officers implement a resiliency training program based on empirically validated interventions from positive psychology. These trainers will also be working with family members and Army civilians.


Once they graduate from the two-year training programs, the women are expected to join their district health centers to deliver the basic health package and care for female patients. The training programs will go a long way in addressing the shortage of female health workers in the country, says Dr. Omar.


A workout partners can help motivate and engage one another in their exercise. People new to exercise programs may benefit with training with an individual or group leader. A physical therapist may be helpful in starting a program for people whose mobility is significantly affected by PD.


A former military commander currently in Afghanistan said that since their August takeover, he has seen Taliban forces manning checkpoints throughout the area he is living in and stopping people to check their names and faces against lists of names and photographs of former army and police. He said that in early November, Taliban forces stormed his house in the middle of night and detained him. They held him in various locations for 12 days. During his detention, Taliban forces took his fingerprints and scanned his irises using a HIIDE device, which he was familiar with because of his time in the military and in US military training programs, though luckily did not find a match and eventually released him.


After viewing several degrading boot camp-style programs around America, I came up with a more positive approach to developing the mind and body. We do not provide in-your-face, boot camp-style training. Yelling doesn't impress me; push ups do! We do provide what I call personalized group training in an encouraging, team atmosphere that really does bring out the best in people. We take each person to their personal limit. You will be challenged, you will be sore, and you will feel better today than you did ten years ago.


You don't need to be an aspiring member of the US Armed Services to attend our program. A majority of our members are people just like yourself, individuals who are looking to improve their level of physical fitness. Our members have completed marathons and doing pull-ups for the first time in their lives. One particular woman could not complete one lap around a track when we met her. Recently she told me she lost 4 dress sizes and regularly runs 5k races.


We also provide safe drinking water, hygiene supplies and sanitation facilities to Afghan IDPs, returnees, host communities and refugees crossing from Pakistan into the Achin, Batikot and Torkham districts of Nangarhar province, and the Barmal district of Paktika province. In 2021, we provided more than 42,580 people with hygiene-awareness information, built or restored 14 water-supply networks and trained 147 WASH committee members on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures. We also integrated COVID-19 awareness into our programming, reaching 348,124 people with awareness messaging and training eight vaccinators to provide COVID-19 vaccination in four health facilities of Kunar province. In addition, International Medical Corps provided 1,600 families with hygiene kits. Through our telehealth hotline at the 50-bed COVID-19 hospital in Paktika province, we provided COVID-related information to 2,838 people.


Disabled veterans eligible for training under the VA vocational rehabilitation program may enroll for training or work experience at an agency under the terms of an agreement between the agency and VA. While enrolled in the VA program, the veteran is not a Federal employee for most purposes but is a beneficiary of the VA.


On March 23, 2002, schools for girls reopened in Afghanistan after many years of enforced closure. Thousands of Afghan girls and boys entered the classroom for the first time in their lives. To assist in this landmark event, and help ensure that such major progress continues, the United States spent $6.9 million for nearly 10 million Dari- and Pashto-language textbooks in science, math, and reading for grades 1-12, along with 4,000 teacher-training kits. Five million of these books arrived in time for the reopening of schools. In addition, USAID is funding 20 teams of five teacher trainers to conduct four-week training session with 4,000 educators. A noteworthy feature is that half of the trainers, as well as half of the educators who will participate in this ambitious program, are women.


While the large majority of these projects are intended to take place inside Afghanistan, for reasons both of principle and of practical impact, there are several related programs that will require travel abroad for additional professional training and exposure. An example is a small-scale Afghan Women Teacher Training Program planned by the State Department, which will bring about a dozen female Afghan basic education specialists to the U.S. for a 3-4 week teacher training program in curriculum and materials development, computer literacy, and train-the-trainer techniques. In order not to interfere with the Afghan school year, this project is tentatively scheduled to occur in January or February of 2003.


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