Fort Bragg, N.C.— The XVIII Airborne Corps’ Data Warfare Company is supporting a 12-month readiness and lethality study at the 3rd Infantry Division. The DWC study focuses on the efficacy of empowering Soldier-led physical training through a one-day course.
The course is focused on basic movement training and education around General Physical Preparedness. The study gives units the ability to measure readiness and lethality in a meaningful way while providing future Holistic Health and Fitness professionals with data to structure and prepare human performance efforts for 3ID Soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart.
The year-long study began in January 2023 with a series of sensing sessions at 3rd ID, resulting in the formulation of the one-day training and education course. The training, coupled with a data backbone and Soldier Readiness Application in Army, will enable leaders at all levels to track improvements and use data to better see themselves and their formations.
1st. Sgt. Louis Betanzos of the 3ID’s Reception Company was one of the first to attend the one-day course and had this to say:
“In a one-day class, the instructors were able to provide Fort Stewart Soldiers with awareness on basic functional movements, such as a squat, deadlift, and overhead press. With the principles that were taught in the class in reference to nutrition, movements, programming, and scaling it would benefit any Soldier who attended, or would attend during future seminars.
To highlight the benefits of the movement and programming portions, the movement block of instruction was taught to provide attendees with an example of how movements should be performed, but also how to coach and correct flaws in soldiers who may perform the movements incorrectly.
The programming portion gave soldiers an insight into what a typical session can look like (Warm-up, conditioning, cool-down). Not to mention how the programming can be applied to provide a challenging team-building event to help enhance unit readiness and esprit-de-corps. The one-day seminar was not enough! I know there is a lot more information that they can provide for Soldiers.
In addition to the one-day course, the DWC is providing daily workout programming to enable leaders at all levels and/or individuals to put into practice the skills they learn at the one-day course. This includes a weekly test that is designed to give a snapshot in time of where fitness levels are. It focuses on the same physical stimulus and energy system required in the Army Combat Fitness Test. These weekly tests are not designed to replace the ACFT, but to give Soldiers and leaders at all levels data-driven insights supporting ACFT performance.
The DWC plans to run monthly updates on the study focusing on Soldiers that are gaining the benefit and experience of the one-day course and watching them learn and grow with the tools the DWC is providing.