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As an Army Officer you will be expected to lead from the font, and to do this you
must physically fit enough to get to the front. You would be shocked by the number
of Potential Officer candidates who rock up at the Army Officer Selection Board who
have made next to no effort to physically prepare themselves. Having previously been
involved in selecting and assessing Army Officer candidates I was frequently shocked
and occasionally appalled by the level of fitness of some of the individuals who
fancied their chances as Army Officers. You cannot bluff this one -
You will no doubt be aware that during the selection process you will be required to undergo various fitness assessments to confirm that you are at the basic minimum standard required. I am not suggesting for a second that you will be expected to be a superhero when you go to the AOSB, but to give yourself the best possible chance of achieving success you must ensure that you have made an effort to prepare.
But who am I to talk about fitness? After completing the Sandhurst Commissioning
Course I went on to pass the All Arms Parachute Selection Course, more commonly known
But enough of me -
There is no great science to developing your fitness, it simply requires you to have
the will, determination, time and effort. The fact that you are reading this has
already proven that you have the will. You must however be determined enough to get
fit to take positive action -
The first thing you need to do is come up with a training programme. A comprehensive training programme will enable you to structure the development in your fitness in a progressive and structured manner. It will dictate exactly what activities you need to do each day to develop your fitness to reach a specified goal. To get an idea of the level of fitness that you need to be at you should refer to the section on Fitness Tests which explains all the fitness assessments you will have to complete during AOSB.
You will be able to find plenty of free fitness training programmes on the Internet but having used a few of these myself, it is best to have a specific program that is specifically adapted to preparing you for the physical exercises and activities you will be assessed on during AOSB. The Official British Army Fitness Guide provides all the guidance you need to physically prepare yourself for Army selection. It has been put together with input from Army Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) and is recognised as being one of the best training guides available (read the reviews on Amazon). It provides straight forward advice to get you started immediately together with recommended training programmes together with sensible nutrition and recovery advice.
With this guide you do not need to waste your money signing up to a gym. All of the
training you need to do can be achieved using the resources that you already have
access to. What I find most useful in this guide is the advice that it provides about
injury avoidance. Injury is one of the most common reason for candidates either failing
to complete or being back-
A key piece of equipment you will need before you can even think about training is a good pair of running shoes. This is probably one of the most important items that you will buy to assist with your fitness programme. During my time in Army Officer Recruiting I was shocked by the number of Potential Officers who turned up for a fitness test wearing completely inappropriate trainers such as plimsolls or skater loafers. There is absolutely no way on earth that you are going to be able to demonstrate your physical fitness is you don't have the right training shoes.
You do not have to spend loads of money to get a good pair of running shoes -
In my experience the best brands of running trainer are Asics and New Balance. In
general I find that these brands produce far better trainers which are designed for
functionality and purpose. It is not surprising that the majority of Army Officers
use these brands of trainer -
If you know your shoe size the cheapest way to get some quality trainers is at a website called SportShoes.com. I always find that high street shops tend to focus more on fashion trainers but to get through Officer Selection and Sandhurst you need trainers that are going to look after your feet and do the job. SportShoes.com have a huge selection of Asics at much lower prices that your going to find anywhere else. They also do free delivery which is a bonus. You can click on the link below to visit the site.