Soldier Athlete Initiative

Over the last decade, the Army has seen a decrease in overall fitness of Soldiers entering initial training. To counter societal changes, the Soldier Athlete Initiative is focused on training these Soldiers in a physically holistic way. The initiative emphasizes physical readiness, performance nutrition, and injury prevention to better prepare Soldiers for strenuous training and the difficulty of the battlefield. A Soldier needs to train for conflict just like an athlete trains for a competition. By training, fueling and caring for injuries, Soldiers will be better prepared to face the challenges of full-spectrum operations.

Check out the video below with TRADOC’s deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, as he discusses the Soldier Athlete initiative designed to ready our Soldiers bodies for the challenges they face in battle.

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Soldiers, how do you get/stay fit?