Less Jogging, More Weightlifting


Interesting the tid-bits one picks up over a glass of champagne chatting to men with stars on their sleeves. Thus it would appear that one of the lessons already learned from the deployment of Felin in Afghanistan is that French infantrymen are going to have to lift more weights during training sessions.

Even if it is generally admitted that the weight of the various bits of equipment (communications equipment, cameras, weapons) is well distributed around the torso with Felin, the fact is that infantrymen are ending up with back and shoulder aches because of the weight of body protection they are provided with to try and limit fatalities.

The modern soldier is closing ranks with his medieval counterpart where protective armor is concerned. He's not quite yet at the stage of being unable to get up if he tips over and needing a squire to help him, but it is becoming obvious that he needs to strengthen his back and abdominal muscles to help cope with the weight of this extra armor.

So the trainee infantryman in the French army is likely to have less jogging to do and more weightlifting and gymnastics, at least until the generals decide whether it is better to have more body armor and less agility and therefore perhaps be more at risk or have less body armor, be more agile and therefore able to get out of harm's way faster. What d'you think?

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