to Basic Training, OCS, or SOF? Then it’s probably a good idea to be in shape before you get there. Why? Because a major reason for attrition of recruits is that they can’t meet the physical performance
standards. And that’s not good because that just wasted a bunch of time and money for both sides (recruit & Service branch). Not to mention the demotivation factor of being the last guy to finish all the events, constantly barking up a lung, or blowing chow all over your cammies.
A recent study by Cuddy, Slivka, et.al. discusses the factors associated with military physical fitness test success (J Strength Cond Res 25 (12): 3486-34-94, 2011). The authors found that the key indicators of a candidate’s potential to successfully reach the standards (in 12 weeks) were as follows:
a) Enter the program being able to run 2.41 km< = 10:41min
b) Have a body fat <=12.9%
c) Participate in a minimum of 30 m/day of vigorous physical activity
So strap on those running shoes, drop some pounds, scrap the Xbox
and get out there and do something physical!