The Army has officially added holistic health to its updated physical fitness doctrine. The doctrine aims to prevent injuries, increase the lethality of soldiers, and be an integral part of individual preparedness.

Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) was launched on October 1st in the Army Field Manual 7-22. The manual covers the armed forces doctrine of physical readiness training, said Maj. Gen. Lonnie G. Hibbard, commander of the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training.

With H2F taking its place in Army doctrine, Hibbard hopes to gain a foothold by fiscal 2021, especially as the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) is set to become the fitness test record.

“[Holistic Health and Fitness] will be the support blocks of the ACFT, ”said Hibbard. He also added that as a result, H2F will be rolled out at the same time as the new six-event ACFT.

General James McConville said: “Investing in health and benefiting our soldiers and their families. It also ensures the maintenance of an agile and adaptable army ready to provide the nation with a professional, lethal, and decisive force that will win against any adversary. “

A new comprehensive approach to training and readiness

Holistic Health and Fitness is a comprehensive human, equipment, facility, programming, and education integration initiative. Its purpose is to produce physically and psychologically brutal soldiers ready to defeat enemies in future wars, Hibbard said.

“[Holistic Health and Fitness] is the framework that encompasses all aspects of human performance, including physical, sleep, nutritional, mental and spiritual fitness, ”he said. This “optimizes the readiness of soldiers, reduces the injury rate, improves rehabilitation after injuries and increases the overall effectiveness of the entire army.”

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The initiative is part of the army’s cultural shift in the way commanders train, develop, and care for their soldiers. After all, the soldiers are a commander’s most important weapon system.

Commanders will have subject matter experts on their staff. The experts advise you on the implementation of doctrines that support the holistic health and fitness system. These H2F performance teams consist of physiotherapists, registered dietitians, occupational therapists, certified sports trainers, experts in cognitive performance as well as strength and conditioning trainers. They will support brigade-sized elements and provide extensive medical care and performance expertise.

As is Holistic health and fitness Concern soldiers?

U.S. Soldiers with Able Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25, practice martial arts and take turns lifting weights during a workout at the gym at Combat Outpost Chamkani, Paktia province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 . 2012. (Photo by Sgt.Kimberly Trumbull / DVIDS)

The key, Hibbard said, is preventing injuries and increasing lethality.

As of February 2019, more than 56,000 soldiers were not operational. This number is comparable to more than 13 brigade combat teams. More than 21,000 soldiers were in a temporary profile and more than 15,000 were placed in a permanent profile. In 2018, more than half of all soldiers were injured at some point. Seventy-one percent of these injuries were microtraumatic injuries to the lower musculoskeletal system of the lower extremities.

In addition, according to the 2018 report, more than 12 percent of soldiers had some form of sleep disorder. In addition, 17 percent of active duty soldiers were obese. Both insomnia and obesity can lead to injuries.

In other words, the way soldiers exercised both in and out of the gym was counterproductive.

This burden on health care does not only affect operational readiness. Rather, musculoskeletal injuries cause half a billion dollars in patient care costs for soldiers on active duty.

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Hibbard said it “will increase the overall effectiveness of the grand total [sic] Army.”

Modernized army halls

Going forward, H2F training facilities known as Soldier Performance Readiness Centers (SPRCs) will serve as 40,000-square-foot, unit-owned fitness hubs. They will provide integrated health experiences for the individual soldier, Hibbard said. The hubs include a standardized obstacle course, a test field for physical fitness, protected strength training stands, strength equipment in containers and training fields for physical readiness with climbing sleeves.

The modernized gyms will be built from the 2023 financial year. Until then, the service teams will use the existing facilities. It will take between six and 18 months to build.

The new devices will be available soon or have already been shipped to army gyms across the army.

“We already have test equipment for the ACFT [delivered to] most of the brigades, ”said Hibbard. “Especially at [U.S. Army Forces Command]”At a delivery rate of” 18 brigades per year then give or take. “

“We will continue to develop H2F, especially as the Guard and Reserve develop their programs,” he added.

“Soldiers are the ‘why’ behind it all. We are demanding a lot from them physically and are changing the fitness culture in the army. “H2F is here to help you succeed.

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