1000-1 (1 Pl Comd)
18 Jun 08
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN
COMMON ARMY PHASE (CAP) TRAINING
1. The intent of this memorandum is to inform medical authorities of the specific physical demands of Common Army Phase (2008). Please refer to the below activities when considering medical restrictions for students on light duties for all three CAP courses.
2. The fol activities will be conducted by CAP students throughout the summer:
a. Sect attacks are done with Helmet, tac-vest, fragmentation vest, and C7 or C9, extra-ammunition, and water. The students will move over close terrain up to 2 km and conduct 10 attacks including, on average, 300-400m of short sprints wearing combat boots, with short moments of firing from the prone between sprints. Terrain is often very uneven;
b. Patrolling Operation including wearing a tac-vest, fragmentation vest, helmet, weapon, ammunition and other mission essential kit (Night Vision Devices, Machete, Wire Cutters, First Aid Kits, Water, IMPs, etc) through difficult terrain for distances up to 6-10km per day. Candidates can expect to rest 5 hrs daily;
c. Defensive Operations including wearing a tac-vest, frag-vest, helmet, and carrying a weapon. Physical exertion focuses on constant low-intensity work for extended periods of time 12-16 hrs/day, and sparse rest periods;
d. Daily physical fitness training is an essential element of course. Officer candidate training is generally more intense than that of an NCM DP1 course. The fol activities are conducted during CAP PT sessions:
1) 5-8 km road run (course standard is 5 km in 25 min);
2) Upper body circuit training (course standard is 40 pushups);
3) Core muscle circuit training (course standard is 75 situps);
4) Bayonet drill; and
5) Forced weightload (Rucksack) marches of 4-10km at a 6 km/hr pace.
3. Candidates will be participating in build up training to complete the LFCPFS (BFT). The BFT is a 13 km rucksack march completed in 2hr 26min with a total weight of 24.5 kg, followed by a 100m “firemans” carry in 60 seconds, and a timed trench dig. This is a course requirement; therefore participation in build up training is essential.
4. All field training is considered more physically demanding than course PT.